Big Farm­land Bird Count gets tech­ni­cal!

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The Game and Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Trust (GWCT) will be get­ting tech­ni­cal with its Big Farm­land Bird Count this year by adding a unique soft­ware pro­gramme called No­taZone, mak­ing it eas­ier for farm­ers to record their counts and ac­cess pre­cious long-term farm­land bird data.

No­taZone was orig­i­nally de­vel­oped as a record-keep­ing and in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment tool for farm­ers and food pro­ces­sors, and has been spe­cially adapted for this im­por­tant an­nual farm­land bird count.

As well as hav­ing a long-term record of the birds that have been recorded, the new soft­ware (which is free to all those tak­ing part and works on smart­phones, lap­tops and desk­tops), en­ables users to ac­cess de­tailed hints and tips on the spe­cialised con­ser­va­tion needs of in­di­vid­ual bird species.

Martin Coates, CEO of Agrantec (the com­pany that has adapted the No­taZone soft­ware with the GWCT), com­mented: “This is very much a col­lab­o­ra­tive project that aims to make data col­lec­tion and the shar­ing of this in­for­ma­tion more fo­cused, ef­fi­cient and per­ma­nent. Farm­ers will have com­plete own­er­ship of their data, en­abling them to build their own long-term record of their achieve­ments. In the world of wildlife sur­veys, this is very un­usual.

“Over time they will cap­ture in­valu­able his­tor­i­cal data on what is work­ing, and how con­ser­va­tion ef­forts can be im­proved or adapted. This can then be eas­ily shared with oth­ers who wish to in­no­vate for the ben­e­fit of their birds.”

The GWCT’s Big Farm­land Bird Count will take place from 3-12 Fe­bru­ary 2017. To take part and for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, visit www.gwct.org.uk

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