Get to know your farmland birds

A Farmland Bird ID day will take place in Lincolnshire on 2 February.

The event has been organised by Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust in the lead up to the 2018 Big Farmland Bird Count to help equip farmers and landowners with the knowledge needed to take part.

The ID day will take place at Hall Farm near Scunthorpe and will include a presentation by RSPB Conservation Advisor Chris Tomson prior to a farm walk to practice some bird identification.

At the end of the training it is hoped participants will be able to recognise the top 20 bird species likely to be seen on farmland during the winter and a colour ID guide will be provided for some of the harder to identify species.

The Big Farmland Bird Count itself will take place between 9 to 18 February. To take part, participants are asked to spend 30 minutes recording the species and number of birds seen on one particular area of the farm, ideally somewhere with a view of around two hectares.

For more information on attending the ID day or taking part in the count, visit the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust website.