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North East England Farmland Birds Advisory Project

Curlew profile

North East England holds important populations of farmland birds, including curlews in the Northumberland National Park, yellow wagtails on the Northumberland coast and corn buntings in the arable lowland areas of County Durham.

The North East Farmland Birds Advisory Project will ensure that important habitats for farmland birds in the North East of England are managed sympathetically.

Project objectives

  • Targeted management for farmland birds in key areas through agri-environment scheme delivery
  • To promote farmland bird conservation
  • To provide specialist advice and training for farmers and advisors
  • To arrange targeted surveys for curlews in hotspot areas of Northumberland National Park
  • To provide ongoing support and commitment to help farmers deliver their agri-environment schemes

Work planned or underway

  • Identifying curlew ‘hotspots’ in Northumberland National Park
  • Offering individual advice for farms in the HLS pipeline with options for corn buntings
  • Providing ongoing support for farmers to ensure their HLS farmland bird options are providing excellent feeding and breeding habitat
  • Finding and training volunteers to carry out surveys
  • Farm walk for members of Northumberland Coast AONB partnership


Project Areas Map

Project Areas Map

3.59Mb, PDF

Date: 9 August 2012


Who to contact

Janet Fairclough
Farmland Bird Advisor


Northumberland National Park

Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership

LEADER Northumberland Coast and Lowlands

LEADER East Durham

Natural England