Beef farmers are being encouraged to take advantage of the RSPB’s free bird survey and continue to manage grassland for the benefit of farmland birds.
Money from the EU through the Life Project has reinvigorated the long-running programme and given the RSPB scope to role the service out to more farmers across the country.
Speaking to Farmers Weekly at the Beef Expo, RSPB livestock advisor Gethin Davies, said the bird survey was a free, no obligation service that would allow farmers to identify important species on their land.
“Having a bird survey carried out can help farmers starting to think about environmental stewardship schemes and can also help in the application of those wanting to progress to Higher Level Stewardship (HLS).
“A lot of farmers have been able to target species for entry into HLS and have been paid for the good work they have been doing,” he said.
Mr Davies said the key aim of the scheme was to keep farmers managing grassland, as “no grazing would be a disaster” for farmland birds.
“Any farmer can carry out practical steps to encourage bird species onto their land. And you don’t really need special birds to make a difference.”
For more information contact your nearest RSPB advisor, visit www.rspb.org.uk/farming or phone 01767 680551