Farmland bird count

A massive 40,000 acres of special wildlife seed crops are now being grown on farmland across England according to recent figures gathered through Defra and the Campaign for the Farmed Environment.

In addition, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust reports that thousands of tonnes of grain are now being provided as supplementary food for farmland birds.

The GWCT’s annual Big Farmland Bird Count will take place between February 1 and 7.

Farmers will spend about half an hour recording the species and number of birds on one area of the farm, helping to show how farmland bird species are faring