Between 1994 and 2006, curlew numbers decreased by 37 per cent, redshank by 21 per cent and lapwing by 17 per cent, and the CA fears unless something is done they will soon be extinct.

Adrian Blackmore, spokesman for the campaign, says, “Managing predators is essential for the survival of many of our ground-nesting birds. By the time some conservation bodies catch up with this, it may be too late.”

The RSPB says “the legal control of foxes and crows has a role to play on some sites,” but believes habitat restoration is more effective management. To sign a petition for action to help waders visit the website.