Published on the16April
The results of a survey to gauge the health of winged wildlife on farms show that “huge” conservation efforts by Yorkshire farmers are paying off, environmental experts say.
Sightings of birds were voluntarily recorded at 28 farms in the region as part of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s first Big Farmland Bird Count.
More than 6,000 hectares of farmland was monitored in Yorkshire, and over 4,400 birds were spotted during a seven-day period in February. In total, farmers across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland noted 116 different species. Starlings were seen at more than 40 per cent of farms and were the most abundant bird recorded.
Otherwise, in Yorkshire, the most populous species included the fieldfare, jackdaw, lapwing, linnet, rook and woodpigeon.