Sur­vey count­ing on your help

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update -

The CLA is en­cour­ag­ing landown­ers and farm­ers to take part in this year’s Big Farm­land Bird Count 2016. The ini­tia­tive, or­gan­ised by the Game and Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Trust (GWCT), takes place on Satur­day and Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 13 and 14. Last year, more than 950 farm­ers, man­ag­ing nearly one mil­lion acres of farm­land, took part in the count and iden­ti­fied 127 dif­fer­ent species, in­clud­ing some birds of con­ser­va­tion con­cern such as lap­wings (pic­tured) and tree spar­rows. The CLA, which rep­re­sents landown­ers, farm­ers and ru­ral busi­nesses, is an ac­tive sup­porter of the ini­tia­tive. Megan Cameron, ru­ral ad­viser at the CLA’s South East of­fice, said: “This ini­tia­tive pro­vides a great op­por­tu­nity to record the num­ber and range of farm­land bird species on their land and to demon­strate what their con­ser­va­tion ef­forts de­liver on the ground.” The count only takes 30 min­utes and is best done at first light when the birds are most ac­tive. Once the count is com­plete, the re­sults can be up­loaded to the GWCT web­site, along with a few de­tails about the lo­ca­tion and weather con­di­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Big Farm­land Bird Count visit www.gwct.org.uk/bfbc

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