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FREE webinar: Time to get counting farmland birds in Wales

NFFN Cymru, along with GWCT Cymru and RSPB Cymru are delighted to host a free collaborative online webinar looking at how to identify and record farmland birds.

On Wednesday 9th February at 7PM, join Rhys Evans (Sustainable Farming Lead for NFFN Cymru) Matt Goodall (GWCT Head of Education and Wales Advisor) and Rhian Pierce (RSPB Cymru Conservation Officer) who will be discussing the importance of this years’ Big Farmland Bird Count and how to take part, including the birds that we might see. They will also discuss some ideas on that can be implemented on farms to further boost birdlife.

“We are delighted to be in partnership with both the NFFN and RSPB to discuss the BFBC which is in its ninth year attracting over 2,500 farmers,” says Matt, who urges more Welsh farms to record their birds so that we can highlight the great work that is being done. Recording birds in winter can really highlight what your farm is providing, and also provides a baseline which can be measured against in future years, something that will become more important as we move towards the future Sustainable Farming Scheme.

Rhys Evans from NFFN Cymru says: “Managing and creating habitats for wildlife is likely to feature prominently in future agricultural payments and schemes, so it’s important for us as farmers to know what biodiversity we have on our land – after all you can’t manage what you don’t measure! Whether you’re an avid twitcher or can’t tell your house sparrow from your dunnock – this session will offer something for all.”

Rhian Pierce from RSPB is keen to get farmers engaged. “Farmers have an excellent eye for detail, whether it is spotting illness in livestock or growth stages in their crops. Therefore, with a few tips we can help make identifying

different bird species second nature! Bird ID will be an excellent skill for future schemes where self-assessment may become more and more critical”.

Register for the FREE webinar here.