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Big Farmland Bird Count is on - Get twitching today

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08.02.2019
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Big Farmland Bird Count starts now. It will record the numbers and variety of species active on farms, and demonstrate the value of great work being done

Farmers across the country are being urged to take part in the Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC), which is back for the sixth successive year.

The nationwide citizen science project - sponsored this year by the NFU - calls on farmers, their families, land managers and gamekeepers to spend just 30 minutes spotting bird species on their land. It can be done at any time between the 8th and 17th February 2019.

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Crucially, the results will highlight which farmland birds are thriving due to good conservation efforts while identifying the ones in need of most help.

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Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) biodiversity advisor , Peter Thompson, who works as a at BFBC organisers , said: “Many, many farmers do lots on their farms to encourage wildlife, but the public always seem most surprised that this is the case.

“The big farmland bird count gives individual farmers the chance to spend just half an hour counting birds on their farm, so that the GWCT can shout from the roof-tops about your results!”

Last-year saw a record-breaking 1,000 people take part in the count, recording 121 species across 950,000 acres - that included a total of 25 red-listed species recorded, with five appearing in the 25 most commonly seen species list. 

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CLA vice-president Mark Tufnell commented: “Rural land managers, from farmers to gamekeepers, are doing a huge amount of good work to help farmland birds, but what’s really important is that we have the best records we can of what they are delivering."

“Anyone who works on and cares for the land is vital in helping to ensure the future survival of many of the country’s most cherished farmland bird species." 

"So, the more people we have participating the better. I urge CLA members to pick up their binoculars and take part.”

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