Farmers have been encouraged to support this year’s seventh Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC), to showcase the important role of farming in the British countryside.
Taking place from February 7-16, the national initiative invites farmers to count the birds they see on their farm and offers a simple way of recording the positive effect of conservation schemes set up by farmers and gamekeepers.
The BFBC was launched in 2014 to highlight the positive work done by farmers in helping to reserve the decline in farmland birds and is sponsored by the NFU.
Dr Roger Draycott, leader of the count and head of advisory services for the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) said: “Farmers have a vital role to play in the future of many of our most cherished farmland bird species.
“As over 70 per cent of the UK is managed for agriculture, farmers manage our largest songbird habitat, but their efforts to reverse bird declines are often unrecorded. We believe our Big Farmland Bird Count will help remedy this.”
Dr Draycott went on to encourage farmers to take part, highlighting the ‘amazing difference’ an awareness of the birdlife on farms can make.
The results will be analysed by the Trust and all participants will receive a report on the national results once they have been collated.
More information can be found on the BFBC website.