Wednesday, 22 January 2014

GUEST BLOG: A farmer's take on the BFBC

The following post has been written by Andy Roberts who farms in the South Staffordshire area and took part in our successful pilot count last year:

I'm really pleased to be involved with the Big Farmland Bird Count. I am taking part in the count to see which birds are doing well as a result of conservation measures we have put in place, and indeed those which aren't, so that we can continue to learn and improve our wild bird habitat management. 

I'm sure there will be many farmers taking part in the count such as myself who don't shoot and don't run any kind of commercial shoot on their farm.
The results will ultimately be used to look at trends over several years, not to contradict other long standing research like the BTO bird atlas, which I also contributed to.
For those of you who haven't looked it's also worth noting that The GWCT website is a very valuable source of research for conservationists and farmers with a keen interest in wildlife as well as for those just interested in game. The clue is in the name after all.

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