Big Farm­land Bird Count – the re­sults are in!

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Fe­bru­ary saw the fourth an­nual Big Farm­land Bird Count (BFBC), or­gan­ised by the Game & Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Trust (GWCT), with record num­bers of over 970 farm­ers tak­ing part, record­ing species seen across about 900,000 acres.

The av­er­age farm size of those tak­ing part was 959 acres, with over 65% grow­ing arable crops, nearly 50% hav­ing beef or sheep, and nearly 15% grow­ing field veg­eta­bles. There were also a num­ber of dairy farms, hor­ti­cul­ture units, poul­try pro­duc­ers and pig pro­duc­ers sub­mit­ting counts (and even 28 farms in Aus­tria took part!).

The most com­monly seen species were black­birds and wood­pi­geons, seen by over 80% of par­tic­i­pants, with robins, blue tits and car­rion crows seen by over 70%.

The five most counted species were wood­pi­geons, star­lings, field­fares, rooks and chaffinches; a to­tal of 104,993 were found, mak­ing up over 40% of the to­tal num­ber of birds recorded.

At the other end of the scale, a fab­u­lous 22 species from the Red List for Birds of Con­ser­va­tion Con­cern were recorded, with five ap­pear­ing in the ‘25 most com­monly seen’ list; th­ese were field­fares, star­lings, house spar­rows, song thrushes and yel­lowham­mers.

There were also eight species from the Red List ap­pear­ing in the ‘25 most counted species’; th­ese were star­lings, field­fares, lap­wings, lin­nets, red­wings, her­ring gulls, yel­lowham­mers, and house spar­rows.

Go to http://bit. ly/2o3bAv1 to see full re­sults and to find out how you can get in­volved in next year’s Big Farm­land Bird Count.

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