By WMNPBowern | Posted: December 18, 2015
When declining wildlife is on the agenda, farmers are often in the firing line.
But sensible conservationists acknowledge that if you want to conserve species you need to protect habitat or turn environmental deserts into homes for a wide range of insects, mammals and birds.
Given that the vast majority of countryside in Britain is farmed, that means getting the farmers onside.
The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust – the conservation charity that sees rearing game and supporting shooting sports as a positive way to improve the landscape and boost biodiversity – is helping farmers to demonstrate their commitment to bird life next year with the third Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC).
It takes place between February 6 and 14 2016.
Launching this now national event, GWCT’s Jim Egan said: “More people than ever took part in last year’s count. The more people who count the better idea we have as to how our farmland birds are faring, so I urge people to get out and count!
“Once again we are asking farmers, landowners, birdwatchers and gamekeepers to spend 30 minutes recording the species and number of birds seen on one particular area of the farm this coming winter.”