Skylark (alauda arvensis) sitting in heather, South Stack RSPB reserve, Wales

Get a farmland bird survey

Through the EU LIFE+ Farmland Bird Project, we have identified focus areas across the UK.

Within these, volunteers undertake surveys to monitor population trends of priority bird species, and we provide targeted advice to ensure appropriate conservation management. This tests whether we can make a difference at a landscape scale as well as a farm scale.

We're focusing our work with farmers in some special areas.

To find out more, pick a marker from the map or zoom in.
    • Caithness Wetlands and Wildlife Initiative

      Caithness Wetlands and Wildlife Initiative

      We are working in partnership in Caithness to maintain high quality habitat for key species, such as waders, great yellow bumblebees and overwintering twite and geese.

      To find out more, call: 01463 715000.

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    • Shetland Farmland Wader Project

      Shetland Farmland Wader Project

      We provide advice on how land can be managed to encourage breeding waders in several key areas, and hope to extend this work to other sites across Shetland in future.

      To find out more, call: 01950 460800.

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    • Uist

      Uist

      We work with crofters on the Uists to maintain and improve specialist habitats, including machair, for key species such as corncrakes, breeding waders and great yellow bumblebees.

      To find out more, call: 01463 715000.

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    • Strathspey Wetlands and Waders Initiative

      Strathspey Wetlands and Waders Initiative

      We're working with farmers throughout Strathspey to maintain high quality wader habitat and prevent further declines in wader populations.

      To find out more, call: 01463 715000.

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    • Farmland Bird Lifeline

      Farmland Bird Lifeline

      The Lifeline aims to highlight the plight of corn buntings in Aberdeenshire, Angus and Fife and demonstrate the best package of options to benefit these birds.

      To find out more, call: 01224 624824.

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    • Berwickshire Arable Wildlife Project

      Berwickshire Arable Wildlife Project

      We're working in partnership with arable farmers in Berwickshire to help wildlife.

      To find out more, call: 0141 331 0993.

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    • Clyde Valley Wader Initiative

      Clyde Valley Wader Initiative

      We're working with farmers in the valleys along the Clyde to increase the numbers of breeding waders such as redshanks.

      To find out more, call: 0141 331 0993.

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    • North Pennines Dales

      North Pennines Dales

      Our aim here is to work with farmers to increase the amount of land in agri-environment schemes, to benefit breeding waders of in-bye habitat, as well as black grouse.

      To find out more, call: 0300 7772 676.

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    • East County Down Nature Friendly Area

      East County Down Nature Friendly Area

      By working closely with farmers in this area, we are promoting the uptake and management of arable options to support farmland wildlife, including seed-eating birds such as yellowhammers.

      To find out more, call: 028 9049 1547.

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    • Bowland Wader Project

      Bowland Wader Project

      We're working directly with producers that farm in harmony with nature, to increase the population of breeding waders.

      To find out more, call: 0300 7772 676.

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    • The Yorkshire Wolds and Coast

      The Yorkshire Wolds and Coast

      Here we're working with farmers and landowners, helping them to deliver the farmland bird package on arable land. This will benefit a suite of birds including lapwings and tree sparrows.

      To find out more, call: 0300 7772 676.

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    • Axholme and Idle farmland birds project

      Axholme and Idle farmland birds project

      We're supporting farmland birds throughout the river catchment area in the Idle Valley and Isle of Axholme.

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    • Migneint

      Migneint

      We're supporting land management that maintains and creates diverse upland habitats for a wealth of wildlife, including iconic upland birds such as ring ouzels and curlews.

      To find out more, call: 01248 672850.

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    • The Broads

      The Broads

      We're helping landowners to provide quality wader-friendly management on lowland wet grassland.

      To find out more, call: 01603 660066.

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    • The Fens

      The Fens

      We're helping farmers to implement agri-environment agreements for arable farmland birds, including turtle doves.

      To find out more, call: 01603 660066.

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    • Stone-curlew Friendly Zones

      Stone-curlew Friendly Zones

      Across three separate zones, we're helping to increase the area under effective management for arable plants, stone-curlews, ground beetles, butterflies and moths.

      To find out more, call: 01603 660066.

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    • Upper Thames River Valleys

      Upper Thames River Valleys

      Thanks to sensitive management the number of breeding waders has increased on lowland wet grassland. By working with local communities, we've also improved awareness of the area's wonderful wildlife.

      To find out more, call: 01295 253330.

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    • North Wessex Downs

      North Wessex Downs

      Thanks to work by many farmers to link isolated populations of stone-curlews, their numbers and range are steadily increasing.

      To find out more, call: 01392 432691.

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    • Greater Thames Marshes

      Greater Thames Marshes

      With the help of farmers, we're working to increase the numbers of breeding waders on lowland wet grassland.

      To find out more, call: 01273 775333.

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    • Somerset Levels and Moors

      Somerset Levels and Moors

      Farmers are managing lowland wet grassland to benefit breeding waders, wintering wildfowl and precious peat soils, as well as to reduce the risk of flooding.

      To find out more, call: 01392 432691.

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    • South Downs

      South Downs

      We're working with farmers and landowners to help them deliver the farmland bird package on arable land. A suite of birds including grey partridges will benefit.

      To find out more, call: 01273 775333

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    • South Devon

      South Devon

      Linking isolated cirl bunting populations is increasing the number of breeding pairs and allowing range expansion.

      To find out more, call: 01392 432691.

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    • Cornish Coast

      Cornish Coast

      We're helping farmers to support choughs, cirl buntings and corn buntings through appropriate grazing and other agri-environment initiatives.

      To find out more, call: 01392 432691.

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    The EU LIFE+ Farmland Bird Project

    We work in areas where 'priority birds of conservation concern' are present. These are species with restricted ranges which have suffered significant declines in the last 25 years. We also work with farmers from a full range of farm habitats and situations, making these focus areas relevant examples of successful conservation management for other UK farmers.   

    The surveys provide baseline data on the bird populations which already exist in each area, before extensive conservation management is implemented. The plan is to then return to these on a three-year rolling programme to assess population changes.

    As well as telling us where we stand with bird numbers at the moment, the work carried out will give us experience of operating intensively within a discrete area, which will be invaluable as we seek to demonstrate how bird numbers increase in each of these areas over the course of this new programme. 

    Although the programme is fixed, if you do farm in one of these areas, please get in touch to find out more. Click a pin on the map for contact details.

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