ID Chal­lenge

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How many farm­land birds do you think you can iden­tify? Find out here!

THIS MONTH’S CHAL­LENGE CON­CERNS BIRDS FA­MIL­IAR FROM AGRI­CUL­TURAL COUN­TRY O

f all Bri­tish birds, our farm­land species have un­der­gone some of the most dra­matic de­clines in re­cent decades. Changes in farm­ing prac­tices have ad­versely af­fected the breed­ing per­for­mance and win­ter sur­vival of species such as Sky Lark, Curlew, Corn Bunt­ing and Tur­tle Dove, all of which are tra­di­tion­ally as­so­ci­ated with farm­land. But just be­cause this is one of our most changed habi­tats doesn’t mean there are no birds there any more. In­deed, there are sev­eral birds which we think of when we think of farms, ev­ery­thing from Pheas­ants to finches. Some of them are easy to iden­tify and some can be tricky. Here are six species which are ar­che­typal farm­land birds. Sim­ply iden­tify then, them check your an­swers with our so­lu­tions over the page. And, fi­nally, we have a page of tips on the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of farm­land birds.

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