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On the lookout for farmland birds - Get counting now

Stewardship
26.01.2018
Goldfinch - GWCT
The diversity of land use across farms provides the biggest habitat resource for birds - which the Big Farmland Bird Count aims to record and use to shout about successes.

The Big Farmland Bird Count, coordinated by the GWCT (Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust), creates one of the biggest records of farm biodiversity - and the proof that our fields, hedges and woods are alive with the sound of birdsong.

The numbers generated by the BFBC are a powerful indicator of the health of our farms and the incredible environment they provide. But to be really effective, it requires more farmers and their families to get involved. 

Grey Partridge - GWCT

It takes just half an hour of time to record the farmland bird numbers seen on around two hectares of land representative of your farm, including woodland and environmental areas, such as margins or game strips. The BFBC for 2018 should be done at some stage between the 9th and 18th of February.

If you have Operaton Pollinator Bees'N'Seeds mix on the farm it will hopefully be full of small seed feeders and other birds using valuable shelter - making it an ideal spot to watch and count.

The GWCT has made it really easy, with a quick ID guide for common farmland bird species you might see. There's also a downloadable recording sheet, that can be simply returned with your results.

Get more information and resources for the Big Farmland Bird Count here

You can also encourage others in the farm team, or their families over the half term break, to get out and make a count.

Chaffinch - GWCT

Be proud to show the results of the positive environmental action you've taken on your farm, and Yes, Twitter is a great way to shout about what you've seen! 

Watch what Peter Thompson of the GWCT has to say and encouragment you to get involved - click on the image below:

BFBC video 2018