Farmers, gamekeepers and land managers are being requested to enroll to the ninth annual Huge Farmland Chook Rely, which takes place from 4-20 February 2022.
Greater than 1,800 farmers took half in final yr’s occasion, recording greater than 130 species throughout a million hectares within the UK.
The annual well being verify of farmland birds goals to spotlight the laborious work finished by farmers and gamekeepers to assist reverse the decline of threatened species equivalent to lapwing and linnet. It additionally offers an important snapshot of the well being of the UK’s birdlife.
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Organiser the Recreation and Wildlife Conservation Belief (GWCT) is aiming to make this yr’s depend greater than ever.
Roger Draycott, organiser and head of advisory companies on the GWCT, stated: “The newest evaluation of the standing of the UK’s birds, the Birds of Conservation Concern checklist, sadly exhibits that a couple of in 4 species is in deep trouble.
“Land managers and gamekeepers could make an actual and instant distinction by adopting efficient conservation measures. The UK’s farmland birds are relying on you.”
The NFU might be sponsoring this yr’s depend for the fourth yr operating.
NFU president Minette Batters stated: “Not solely are farmers producing climate-friendly meals, they’re additionally sustaining and defending the nice British countryside, creating habitats for wildlife and extra feeding for farmland birds.
“I encourage all farmers to become involved within the 2022 GWCT Huge Farmland Chook Rely, as it’s such a good way to watch and document the birdlife discovered on farm.”
Hampshire farmer Tim Walters, who takes half within the depend annually, stated: “As we proceed to be closely concerned in stewardship and environmental work on the farms, it’s actually fascinating to spend half an hour annually counting wild birds.
“It’s a good break from the rigours of day-to-day industrial farming and exhibits the useful work that so many farming colleagues do to handle the countryside and its wildlife.”
How to participate within the Huge Farmland Chook Rely
1) Obtain your depend sheet (PDF).
2) Rely your birds. On a day between 4 and 20 February, spend about half-hour recording the species and variety of birds seen on one space of the farm.
3) When you’ve accomplished your depend, merely submit your outcomes on-line.