As the GWCTs Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC) draws near, a number of bird ID days have been organised to help participants identify those 'little brown jobs' that are often seen flitting about in the undergrowth. There are two events on the South Downs, one at Saddlescombe Farm near Brighton on 26th January hosted by Camilla & Roly Puzey and the National Trust, and another at the Rotherfield Park Estate near Alton on 27th January hosted by Sir James Scott. Further details of the evens and how to book can be found on the GWCTs website.
The count itself, now in its third year, will take place the 6th and 14th of February. Participants are required to count the numbers of birds seen in one area of their farm for a 30 minute period at some point during that week. Full details and the count sheets can be found here.
The count is a great opportunity for farmers to show what impact their conservation efforts are having on farmland bird populations across the country. Much time and effort is spent creating and caring for habitats such as wild bird mixtures, margins and hedgerows, so why not get out there and see what is using them?
Wild bird seed mixtures are great places to watch out for birds in the winter