Survey counting on your help
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