Can you help out with the 2019 GWCT Big Farm­land Bird Count?

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The 2019 GWCT Big Farm­land Bird Count (BFBC) will take place from Fe­bru­ary 8 - 17.

The ini­tia­tive, now in its sixth year, is billed as a im­por­tant yet sim­ple way to record the ef­fect con­ser­va­tion schemes are hav­ing on farmed and keep­ered land.

All par­tic­i­pants need to do is to down­load a form from the Big Farm­land Bird Count web­site and, on a day be­tween Fe­bru­ary 8 and 17, spend 30 min­utes record­ing the species of birds found on one par­tic­u­lar area of farm­land. A lo­ca­tion with a good view of around 2ha of the farm is rec­om­mended. Par­tic­i­pants should also record the types of habi­tat and crop­ping on and ad­ja­cent to the count site for ac­cu­racy.

jim Egan, who has run the count since it be­gan in 2014, said: “Farm­ers, game­keep­ers and landown­ers are cru­cial in the sur­vival and pro­tec­tion of many farm­land bird species. How­ever, sev­eral of th­ese birds are in de­cline and ef­forts to mon­i­tor their num­bers varies across the coun­try. This is your chance to find out what you have on your farm and let us know. We hope that the flour­ish­ing com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pat­ing in the BFBC will cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate the pos­i­tive im­pact of farm­land man­age­ment.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to take part, visit

The Big Farm­land Bird Count is an op­por­tu­nity for farm­ers and shoots to see how suc­cess­ful con­ser­va­tion projects have been on their land.

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