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    • 2014 was a busy year for the SDFBI.   Over the past 12 months we have launched sdfarmbirds.com, produced two Farm Flyers, and started the SDFBI Bird Monitoring Project.

      However, this alone will not help farmland birds, it is the vital work that you as farmers and landowners undertake that deserves the real credit.  A stroll across one of the Downs many footpaths and bridleways will reveal the scale of the work going on out there to benefit farmland wildlife.

      Conservation headlands, wild bird mixes, beetle banks and pollen and nectar mixes are a common site across the South Downs

      Conservation headlands, wild bird mixes, beetle banks and pollen and nectar mixes are a common site across the South Downs

      But what does 2015 hold?  Big changes are afoot with the new CAP system being implemented and the start of the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme.  We will run the second year of the SDFBI Bird Monitoring Project and continue to keep you up to date with sdfarmbirds.com and the Farm Flyer.

      Whatever 2015 brings, we will aim to provide the latest advice and information to help you make the best decisions for your farm and the wildlife it supports.  May 2015 be a prosperous and productive year, and we look forward to continue working with you.