National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

15 January 2019

Young Farmers are being encouraged to get involved in the Big Farmland Bird Count, which starts on 8 February.

Sponsored by the NFU, the nationwide ‘citizen science’ project calls on farmers, land managers and gamekeepers to spend 30 minutes between 8 and 17 February recording bird species on their land.

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

All you have to do is spend about 30 minutes recording the species and number of birds seen on one particular area of the farm.

You can choose your own location but somewhere with a good view of around 2 ha of the farm would be ideal. You'll be asked to record the types of habitat and cropping on and adjacent to your count site to help provide us with more detail about your count location.

Why Count?

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!

It’s a great way for young farmers to get involved and show the positive impact of farmland management.

For more information, visit bfbc.org.uk or the NFU website. 


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