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Why Big Farmland Bird Count needs your support

December 23, 2019 by  
Filed under News & Business

Farmers and wildlife enthusiasts across the country are being urged to take part in the Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC) – which returns next month for the seventh successive year.

Organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – and sponsored by NFU for the second year running – the BFBC initiative calls on farmers, land managers and gamekeepers to spend 30 minutes spotting bird species on their patch of land
at any time between 7 and 16 February.

The project is important because results help to determine which farmland birds are benefiting from conservation efforts undertaken by farmers and landowners – especially during the winter months – while identifying the ones most in need of help.

GWCT head of advisory services Roger Draycott said: “Farmers and gamekeepers are vital in helping to ensure the future survival of many of our most cherished farmland bird species like skylarks, yellowhammers, corn buntings and wild grey partridges.

“They are responsible for managing the largest songbird habitat in this country on their land but frequently their efforts to reverse bird declines are largely unrecorded. We believe our Big Farmland Bird Count will help remedy this.”

Dr Draycott added: “We understand the crucial role that land managers play in the survival of farmland birds and we want to give them an opportunity of showing what their conservation efforts deliver on the ground”.

Last year saw a record-breaking 1,400 people join the bird count – a 40% increase on the previous year. They recorded 140 species over 400,000ha. Many landscape-scale farmland conservation projects are now taking part as well as individual farms.

Encouragingly, a total of 30 red-listed species were recorded in 2019. Five of these endangered species were on the most-commonly seen list.

Organisers say the count offers a simple way of recording the effects of any conservation work undertaken by farmers and gamekeepers on their land.

Results will be analysed at the end of the count Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.

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