The 2019 Big Farmland Bird Count is taking place between the 8th and 17th February 2019.
Just follow the three simple steps below to take part:
1. Download your count sheet
- Those who participate in the count in February 2019 will be able to submit their entries online.
- To help with the count out in the field you can download and print our helpful count sheet.
Don’t have access to a computer?
- If you don’t have access to a computer you can return your count findings by post. Please download and print this form. You can then return to the address provided on the form.
2. Count your birds!
- On a day between 8th and 17th February spend about 30 minutes recording the species and number of birds seen on one particular area of the farm. You can choose your own location but somewhere with a good view of around 2 ha of the farm would be ideal.
- You’ll be asked to record the types of habitat and cropping on and adjacent to your count site to help provide us with more detail about your count location.
- To see the highest number of birds we would recommend that the site includes or is close to an area of game or wild seed mix or somewhere that supplementary feeding takes place.
- Ideally, counting should take place at first light as this is when the birds are most active. However, it is more important that you take part, so timings should suit you.
3. Submit your results online
You can submit your Big Farmland Bird Count results quickly and easily online once the count begins on 8 February 2019.
We’re once again using the NotaZone survey platform developed by Agrantec to collect count results. The system is safe and secure and all submissions will remain 100% confidential.
Once you have submitted your results you will be entered into a prize draw where you could win:
1st Prize – Reconyx HF2X Trail camera from Perdix Wildlife Supplies
The HF2X is the latest camera trap from Reconyx, world leaders in remote camera technology. With a 0.25 second trigger speed, NoGlow™ GEN3 High Output Infrared night vision, a 45 m flash range and a new image sensor that provides High Definition images and videos during day and night, this camera is ideal for both wildlife and security surveillance applications. Made in the USA. PERDIX are the official supplier of Reconyx cameras in the UK.
2nd Prize – PERDIX Automatic Farmland Bird Feeder.
The PERDIX automatic feeder allows farmers to supply their farmland birds with supplemental feed up to 4 times daily. Feed times can also be set to between 1 and 20 seconds, thereby giving control of the amount of food provided depending on requirements.
3rd Prize – 1 tonne of supplementary feed ready to go with a feed diary for the 2019/20 feeding season from Kings.