Thursday 22 January 2015 5:30
More than 1,400 farmers across the country have signed up to the second Big Farmland Bird Count.
The event, led by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), will take place from 7-15 February.
It aims to help farmers and gamekeepers record the effect on farmland bird numbers of any conservation schemes on their land, such as supplementary feeding or growing wild bird seed crops and game cover crops.
Jim Egan, from the GWCT’s Allerton Project, said: “It is crucial that farmers understand how these vital ‘greening’ measures are helping some of our most rapidly declining birds and importantly, what species are benefiting from these measures.