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Preparations under way for farmland bird count

December 21, 2017 by  
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Farmers are being invited to take part in farmland bird identification workshops ahead of the fifth Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC) next month.

Organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), the annual count aims to assess the number of farmland bird and highlight the environmental work done by farmers to encourage birds on their land.

The identification workshops provide advice on birds that can be tricky to differentiate – such as how to tell a dunnock from a tree sparrow. Each workshop will be run by a farmland bird expert alongside a host farmer.

Once completed, participants should be more confident in spotting the top 20 bird species likely to be seen on farmland over winter.

BFBC founder Jim Egan said the identification days were invaluable preparation. “I would say to anyone thinking about taking part – do it.  Get out and enjoy the birds on your farm and give us the opportunity to shout about the great work you’re doing.”

A series of identification days is being held from mid January to the day of the count itself, which this year is being held on Sunday, 18 February.  In addition, a colour guide is provided to those who attend, with a focus on birds that are harder to identify.

GWCT biodiversity officer, Peter Thompson, said: “It is vital that farmers and keepers start to consider the long-game by demonstrating more effectively what they are achieving. The BFBC is certainly one very positive way to do this.”

Hundreds of farmers took part in last year’s ID days, which received lots of positive feedback with participants saying GWCT inspired them to take part in the count. There are just 25 places available for each day, costing £10 per person which includes refreshments.

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