Helping bird species
If you know which birds are on your farm, then you can find out what they need and how you can help them.
In this section
The barn owl is primarily a farmland bird, hunting for small mammals over rough grassland and along field edges.
Once a common bird of farmland in southern England, cirl buntings were almost lost from the UK in the 20th century.
Corn buntings are generally found on open arable and mixed farmland.
Curlews breed on open moorland, rough and damp pastures, unimproved hay meadows, and boggy ground.
The grey partridge can be found in most farming systems except predominantly improved grasslands.
Lapwings can be found on all types of farmland, but are scarcer in purely arable or intensive grassland systems.
Linnets are found on farmland wherever there is a plentiful supply of seeds throughout the year.
Internationally-important numbers of pink-footed geese now spend the winter in the UK.
The redshank breeds on wet grasslands on upland and lowland farms, and on saltmarshes.
The reed bunting is found in a wide range of farmland types, but is rare in upland areas.
Ring ouzels breed on moorland and often use in-bye grasslands for feeding.
The skylark can be found on all types of farm. Densities are highest on lowland arable and mixed farming systems.
The snipe breeds in wet flushes on moorland, damp pasture and at the edges of watercourses.
The song thrush is associated with thick hedgerows, native woodland and damp ground, especially grazed pasture.
The tree sparrow is generally found on lowland farmland with arable or mixed farming.
The turtle dove occurs on arable and mixed farmland that offers suitable nesting habitat.
The twite breeds on moorland fringes in the upland areas of northern England and Scotland.
The yellow wagtail is a summer visitor, arriving in April and leaving in September to winter in sub-Saharan Africa.
The yellowhammer is widely distributed on all farmland types. Densities are higher in lowland areas.