Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart is the new Scottish Environment Link species champion for the Corn Bunting.
Once one of the most commonly seen farmland birds in Scotland, some regions have seen almost a 90% decline in males between 1989 and 2007.
The only two Scottish regions to hold populations of the bunting are the Western Isles and Eastern Scotland.
To help halt this decline, RSPB Scotland has been working in partnership with SNH, farmers and landowners, their agents and suppliers and local Environment Trusts.
A key aim is to highlight the plight of the corn bunting to farmers and advise on the best package of options to benefit the species.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’I am delighted to have been named the species champion for the Corn Bunting. It is clear that much work needs to be done to reach out to farmers across Scotland to ensure that farming practices do not lead to further loss of safe nesting habitat and disruption to feeding patterns.
‘’I look forward to meeting those involved in conservation and monitoring of bunting populations and will work with them to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges faced by this bird.’’