Big Farmland Bird Count gets technical!
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