The results of the second Big Farmland Bird Count are now in! This year we had nearly 1,000 farmers, gamekeepers and land managers taking part, nearly double the number of participants from last year. The results are really important in helping to build a more comprehensive picture of how over-wintering birds are faring from conservation measures being implemented.

This year’s key findings include:

  • More than 127 different species of birds were recorded.
  • The five most common birds seen on farms were blackbird, seen by nearly 90 per cent of farmers, followed by robin (80 per cent), blue tit (79 per cent), chaffinch (75 per cent) and carrion crow seen by over 70 per cent of the farmers taking part.
  • A total of 19 red list species of conservation concern were also recorded with six appearing in the list of 25 most commonly seen species list.
  • Starlings and fieldfare were seen on over 40 per cent of the farms taking part and were the most abundant red-listed species recorded followed by linnet, yellowhammer, house sparrow, lapwing and redwing.
  • Compared with last year, 10 additional species of birds were added to the list of birds recorded including cirl bunting and Cettie’s warbler. In addition 13 species of raptor were counted with goshawk included in the results for the first time this year

Next year the Big Farmland Bird Count takes place during the week of 6th – 14th February 2016.