Around 45 farmers and estate workers joined GWCT at Beeswax Dyson’s Nocton Estate in Lincolnshire on Friday 7th February, the first day of the Big Farmland Bird Count. GWCT’s Roger Draycott gave a briefing on the key birds likely to be seen on arable farms in Lincolnshire over the next week or so. The group then headed out into the field to see what birds were about. Selecting an area of wild cover, bordered by a nice double hedge and some supplementary feed hoppers, with the help of consultant ornithologist Andrew Chick, the group spotted an impressive 21 species including several species of conservation concern such as yellowhammers, tree sparrows and 180 lapwings. Many thanks to the whole Beeswax Dyson Farms team for kindly hosting us and helping get the BFBC off to such a great start!

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