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.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Big farmland bird count 2016 aims to show how agriculture and nature can work hand in hand

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.”

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