Picture above: A yellowhammer pictured on farm during the 2018 Big Farmland Bird Count
Whether it's helping birds get through the winter months by putting down seed or establishing woodlands and hedgerows to create habitat for birds and wildlife, British farmers work hard to protect our winged friends.
The Big Farmland Bird Count
The Big Farmland Bird Count was launched in 2014 to record the effect of conservation work instigated by farmers and gamekeepers on their land. Organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), it is sponsored by the NFU and delivered in partnership with the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group Association and LEAF with support from the NFU, CLA, Perdix and Kings.
A record-breaking number of farmers took part in the count in 2018, recording 121 species across 950,000 acres. The most commonly seen species were blackbirds and woodpigeons, seen by over 80% of people. Robins, blue tits, and pheasants were seen by more than 70%.
A total of 25 red-listed species were recorded, with five appearing in the 25 most commonly seen species list. These included fieldfares, starlings, house sparrows, song thrushes and yellowhammers. The most plentiful of these were fieldfares and starlings, which were seen on nearly 40% of the farms taking part.