Our farmers and land managers are the guardians of this beautiful county and now is the chance to highlight the positive work done by many to reverse the decline in farmland birds. If you farm or manage land in Herefordshire, or know someone who does, please join in with The Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC), launched in 2014 and offering a simple means of recording the effects of any conservation work currently being undertaken by farmers and gamekeepers on their land, such as supplementary feeding birds through winter or growing crops specifically to provide seed for birds. For more details on how and when to do this, and helpful tools and tips, visit the BFBC website.
The NFU is sponsoring the count for the second year running and President Minette Batters said: “The NFU is extremely pleased to be once again sponsoring the GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count – an event that highlights perfectly how farmers balance excellent conservation work on farms across the country alongside producing the nation’s food.”
Organising the count this year is Dr Roger Draycott, who is head of advisory services for the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).
He said: “Farmers and gamekeepers are vital in helping to ensure the future survival of many of our most cherished farmland bird species like skylarks, yellowhammers, corn buntings and wild grey partridges.
“They are responsible for managing the largest songbird habitat in this country on their land but frequently their efforts to reverse bird declines are largely unrecorded. We believe our Big Farmland Bird Count will help remedy this.”
Photo ©Barbara Bromhead-Wragg