As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Bird health check offers encouragement

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.

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