The Big Farmland Bird Count 2020

The Big Farmland Bird Count 2020

The Big Farmland Bird Count encourages UK farmers to observe and report on the variety of wild birds that see in their fields in February each year.

Run by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, the BFBC is an important initiative that helps to record the effect of any conservation schemes currently being initiated by farmers and gamekeepers on their land, such as supplementary feeding or growing wild bird seed crops and game cover crops. Find out more here: https://www.bfbc.org.uk/

Here on the Ivel Valley farm, we’re lucky to see some very rare species of wild birds including the declining Tree Sparrow, Linnet, and Skylark (pictured). More information on declining farm birds can be found on the RSPB website here.

Each year, some of the Ivel Valley team venture out to the fields for a few days in February to see which birds they can spot. The below list is taken as an average number over a 3 day birdwatching trip.

Bird Count
BLACK HEADED GULL Over 70
BLACKBIRD 6
BLUETIT 4
BUZZARD 2
CARRION CROW Over 50
CHAFFINCH Over 30
COOT 20
CORMORANT 13
DUNNOCK 3
FIELDFARE 30
GOLDFINCH 30
GREAT CRESTED GREBE 3
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER 1
GREEN WOODPECKER 1
GREYLAG Over 120
HERON 2
JACKDAW 16
KESTREL 2
KITE 3
LAPWING Over 70
LINNET 70
MAGPIE 11
MEADOW PIPIT 8
MISTLE THRUSH 4
MOORHEN 2
PHEASANT 10
PIED WAGTAIL 2
PIGEON Over 100
R L PARTRIDGE 19
RED KITE 4
REED BUNTING 36
ROBIN 4
ROOK Over 100
SKYLARK 20
SONG THRUSH 1
SPARROW HAWK 1
STARLING 25
STOCK DOVE 7
TAME PIGEON 15
TREE SPARROW 2
TUFTED DUCK 3
WOOD PIGEON Over 100
WREN 1
YELLOW HAMMER 49