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.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Farmland bird count comes to an end

12 February 2015 Last updated at 11:32

By Claire Marshall
BBC environment correspondent
A major count of farmland birds has concluded with sightings of several rare species.

The farmers participating in the Big Farmland Bird Count recorded seeing 117 bird types, including 14 at-risk species.

These included the linnet, the yellowhammer, starling and lapwing.

The organisers expressed delight with the preliminary results, calling them "remarkable."

More than 2,000 farmers and gamekeepers have been taking part in the survey, which is organised by Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).

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