The 2021 Big Farmland Bird Count is now underway and organisers are calling for farmers to spend 30 minutes recording the farmland birds they see on their land.
The annual count, run by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and sponsored by the NFU, runs until 14 February 2021.
Last year, more than 1,500 farmers across Britain overcame challenging conditions to make the count it’s the biggest since it launching in 2014.
With 71% of British countryside looked after by farmers, land managers and gamekeepers, Dr Roger Draycott, organiser and head of advisory services at the GWCT explained how they are crucial to ensuring the survival of cherished bird species.
“Many of them are already doing fantastic work to support and conserve our native species, including supplementary feeding through winter or growing crops specifically to provide seed for birds, which often goes unrecognised. The Big Farmland Bird Count gives them a chance to see the results of their efforts and provides a crucial national snapshot of the health of the UK’s farmland birds.”
The project is being sponsored by the NFU for the third year running.
NFU President Minette Batters said: “I am pleased that the NFU is able to sponsor this event and I would encourage all farmers to take part, so we can again pull together a vital national snapshot of the state of the nation’s farmland birds.”
To take part, follow the steps on the NFU webpage here.