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Dorset farmers and gamekeepers asked to help with Big Farmland Bird Count

By mmanning  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

Farmers and keepers have been asked to get behind the GWCT's Big Farmland Bird Count.

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FARMERS and gamekeepers are being urged to take part in the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT)'s first annual Big Farmland Bird Count.

The survey aims to determine how our farmland bird species are faring and to highlight the importance of conservation work aleady being undertaken.

Participants are being asked to spend 30 minutes recording the species and number of birds seen in one area of the farm during the week of the count, which runs from Saturday 1st to Friday 7th February.

A pilot scheme earlier this year took in more than 10,000 hectares across 30 farms and recorded 69 species, from tree sparrows and yellowhammer to barn owls, kestrels and buzzards.

A GWCT spokesman said: "Much of the good work done by farmers and gamekeepers to help reverse farmland bird decline goes unrecorded. We want to remedy that and help farmers and gamekeepers record the effect of any conservation schemes currently being initiated on their land such as supplementary feeding or growing wild bird seed crops and game cover crops."

Find out how you can take part at www.gwct.org.uk

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