Farmers in the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are being encouraged to take part in the Big Farmland Bird Count in February.
The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) are organising this first count to help determine how our farmland bird species are faring and to highlight the good conservation work being undertaken on farmland. The count will take place between the 1st and 7th February 2014, and farmers are being encouraged to spend about 30 minutes recording the species and number of birds seen on one particular area of their farm.
Some of our iconic farmland bird species such as Skylark, Yellowhammer, Corn Buntings and wild Grey Partridges have suffered dramatic declines over recent years, including a 34% decline in breeding Corn Buntings since 1995. However there is limited information on over-wintering populations of farmland birds and the potential benefits of farm conservation schemes and game management in supporting these populations.
Siún Cranny, Director of Chichester Harbour Conservancy said, ‘Chichester Harbour Conservancy would like to add its support to GWCT in encouraging all farmers in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to participate in this important survey. We would like to thank our farming communities for helping to protect and enhance our precious farmland bird populations.'
Photo: The Yellowhammer is one of our iconic species suffering a decline in numbers