Big Farmland Bird Count

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The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, with support from RSPB NI, is encouraging farmers to dust off their binoculars and count the birds that rely on their land.

Farmers have a vital role to play in helping to ensure the survival of some of our best loved farmland bird species, such as yellowhammers and skylarks.

Tree sparrow

Tree sparrow

These species, along with many others, have experienced significant declines in recent years as farming has intensified. However, there are many things landowners can do to help, such as sowing wild bird cover and managing hedgerows on a rotational basis.

By taking part in the Big Farmland Bird Count between 6 and 14 February farmers will help provide valuable information on the impact of their work on threatened farmland bird species.

Last year over 1,000 farmers participated across the UK, recording over 127 different bird species.

However not everyone knows their reed bunting from their meadow pipit so, in the lead up to the Big Farmland Bird Count, GWCT and RSPB NI will be running a special bird ID workshop.

Skylark

Skylark

Landowners will learn how to identify a bird by its behaviour, as well as its appearance. The workshop will also give details of how you can help farmland birds on your land.

The event will take place at 11am on Tuesday 26 January at David Sandford’s farm, located between Downpatrick and Strangford.

To book your place visit http://www.gwct.org.uk/events/calendar/2016/january/farmland-bird-id-day-northern-ireland.