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More ‘at risk’ species seen by farmers

A total of 25 red-listed species were recorded, with five appearing in the 25 most commonly seen species list. These include fieldfares, starlings, house sparrows, song thrushes and yellowhammers.
A total of 25 red-listed species were recorded, with five appearing in the 25 most commonly seen species list. These include fieldfares, starlings, house sparrows, song thrushes and yellowhammers.

A RECORD-BREAKING number of farmers took part in the fifth successive Big Farmland Bird Count.

Results show more than 1,000 farmers recorded 121 species across 950,000 acres during the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust-led count.

A total of 25 red-listed species were recorded, with five appearing in the 25 most commonly seen species list. These include fieldfares, starlings, house sparrows, song thrushes and yellowhammers.

Farmers in Yorkshire, which was the second-best performing county, recorded 88 different birds across 47,962 acres.

The most commonly seen species was blackbird, followed by pheasant, robin, woodpigeon and blue tit.

A total of 18 red-listed species were spotted.

A spokesman said: “We can see from the data collated that 50% of farmers have been helping farmland birds in the recent cold snap.

“This is critical in getting farmland birds, particularly those on the red list, through the winter so they are fit and healthy to breed in the spring.”