THE BIG FARMLAND BIRD COUNT 2024 - Charrington's Drinks



Birds Identification Guides


The Big Farmland Bird Count is an annual event that encourages farmers and land managers to record the bird species and numbers on their farms. It is organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and sponsored by the National Farmers Union (NFU). The count aims to raise awareness of the important role that farmers play in the conservation of farmland birds, and to provide a snapshot of the bird population on UK farms during a specific period. The count also helps to measure the impact of the conservation work that many farmers carry out, such as providing extra food and habitat for birds.

Why take part?

As 72% of the UK is farmed, biodiversity recovery and sustainable production is important. By spending just 30 minutes, you can be part of a large monitoring programme that is an important tool in understanding what is happening in our countryside.

The count has been running since 2014 and has provided a fascinating snapshot of the farmed landscape. Since the first count, more than 11,000 counts have been carried out by people working on our farms. In 2023, the BFBC celebrated its 10th anniversary with over 1,700 farmers taking part and recording 149 species across more than 1.5 million acres. The results revealed that 33 species from the Red List for Birds of Conservation Concern and 47 from the Amber list were recorded, indicating the importance of farmland habitats for many threatened bird species.

The BFBC also provides valuable data and feedback to the GWCT and the NFU, as well as other organisations and policymakers, on the state and trends of farmland birds and the effectiveness of conservation measures. The BFBC is a great example of how citizen science can engage and empower farmers and land managers to make a real difference for wildlife on their farms.

Download our Farm Walks Map and let us know what birds you see!


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