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Big Farmland Bird Count is back, needs UK farmers' support

Staff Writer |
Farmers and nature lovers across the UK are being urged to take part in the Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC), which is back for the sixth successive year.

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The nationwide citizen science project calls on farmers, land managers and gamekeepers to spend 30 minutes spotting species on their patch of land between the 8th and 17th February 2019.

Crucially, the results will aim to distinguish which farmland birds are thriving due to good conservation efforts while identifying the ones in need of most help.

Peter Thompson, who works as a biodiversity advisor at BFBC organisers Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), said: “Many, many farmers do lots on their farms to encourage wildlife, but when I give talks to the public, they always seem most surprised that this is the case!

“The big farmland bird count gives individual farmers the chance to spend just half an hour counting birds on their farm, so that the GWCT can shout from the roof-tops about your results!”

Last-year saw a record-breaking 1,000 people take part in the count, recording 121 species across 950,000 acres.

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