Kings prize for Big Farmland Bird Count competition
Competition entries from participants in this year’s Big Farmland Bird Count could win wild bird seed mix and a free half day advisory visit as donated by Kings.
Farmers and landowners are being urged to join in with the count, organised by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, to help determine how farmland bird species are faring on UK farmland.
Just half an hour of recording the species and number of birds seen on one area of the farm is requested, using a simple tick list provided by GWCT which can then be submitted online. To enter the competition, farmers simply need to email or tweet a photo of the farm location being used to take part in the count, which takes place from 1st – 7th February.
Jim Egan, from GWCT, explains, “Farmers are vital in helping to ensure the future survival of many of our most cherished farmland bird species, such as skylark, yellow hammer, corn buntings and wild grey partridges. However, efforts to reverse bird declines are largely unrecorded; we believe our Big Farmland Bird Count will help remedy this and provide an opportunity to show what farmers’ conservation efforts are delivering on the ground. It is also a useful way of discovering the range of different birds on the farm and gaining personal insight into how well their birds are faring.
“Our earlier pilot count showed encouraging results, with 30 farmers, managing a total of more than 10,000ha of land, recording 69 different species on site.”
“We hope it will spur people on to do even more work for their farmland birds in the future and act as a catalyst for them to start building their own long standing wildlife records.”