RSPB Orkney's Inga Seator with Norman Sinclair from the Orkney Brewery The Orkney Brewery’s commitment to corncrake conservation is continuing after the company presented RSPB Scotland with a cheque for £3,555 at the weekend.
The Brewery donates 50p plus VAT to the RSPB for every twelve bottles of its Corncrake Ale sold. So far the scheme has raised more than £10,400 for conservation work.
Norman Sinclair, Managing Director at the Orkney Brewery, presented the cheque to the charity. He said he came up with the idea for Corncrake Ale after one bird nearly interrupted the building of the new Brewery Visitor Centre at Quoyloo several years ago.
‘We nearly delayed work on the new building to give a corncrake calling on site a chance to breed. Fortunately for our plans the bird then chose to head elsewhere! Not long afterwards I needed to come up with a name for a new ale in a hurry, and with corncrakes fresh in my mind that’s how Corncrake Ale came about.’
Inga Seator, RSPB Scotland’s Corncrake Officer in Orkney, received the cheque on behalf of the charity. ‘We’re very grateful to Mr Sinclair and the Orkney Brewery for their continuing support,’ she said.
‘Not only does the money boost our efforts on the ground to help corncrakes, it also raises awareness. Having the iconic Corncrake Ale label distributed on bottles and pump clips throughout the UK will certainly bring corncrakes into conversation - it’s nice to think that people might be chatting about our Orkney corncrakes over a pint, even in cities far from where you’d hear a corncrake now.’
Corncrakes are elusive visitors to Orkney Corncrakes, one of Scotland’s rarest breeding birds, migrate from Africa to Orkney every summer to breed. Despite recent fluctuations due to cold, late springs, conservation efforts have seen corncrakes across Scotland recover their numbers from a low of just 400 calling male birds in the early 1990s to 1,069 in 2015.