The 2015 Big Farmland Bird Count reveals the UK’s most abundant species
For the second year, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) encouraged farmers, gamekeepers and landowners to take part in the Big Farmland Bird Count. ArdMoor promoted this new initiative earlier this year and our team were delighted to hear that even more farmers took part this year.
Held during 7th-15th February, over 1,000 people spent half an hour during the week long count recording their number of farmland birds – this resulted in data from nearly one million acres of farmland throughout the UK.
Big Farmland Bird Count results 2015
The aim of the Big Farmland Bird Count is to gauge the effect that conservation efforts are having on the recovery of farmland birds. The results of 2015’s Big Farmland Big Count include the following stats:
- More than 127 different species of birds were recorded on farms this winter.
- The five most common birds seen were: blackbird, robin, blue tit, chaffinch and carrion crow.
- 19 species of ‘conservation concern’ were recorded.
- Six species of ‘conservation concern’ were found in the list of 25 most commonly seen species list.
Full details can be found on the GWCT’s website.
Jim Egan, from the GWCT, said, “Double the number of farmers turned out this winter and between them they recorded more than 127 different species on their farms. This was a remarkable achievement, particularly as they monitored an additional 11 species compared to 2014.”
Big Farmland Bird Count 2016
If you want to be part of next year’s Big Farmland Bird Count, which will be held in January, you can register your interest via email on the GWCT’s website.