Can you help out with the 2019 GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count?
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 bfbc.org.uk.
The Big Farmland Bird Count is an opportunity for farmers and shoots to see how successful conservation projects have been on their land.