Farming together with nature
Seed-eating farmland birds have experienced significant declines in Northern Ireland. For example, it is estimated that just 5,000 pairs of yellowhammer remain. This represents an alarming decline for a species which had a population of 32,512 pairs as recently as 1991.
- To encourage farmers within the region to implement specific habitat management measures.
- To provide one-to-one advice as well as group training events.
- To promote and celebrate wildlife-friendly farming.
- To train and recruit volunteers to undertake surveys of project farms.
- To increase our knowledge of farmland wildlife.
- To engage the wider community.
- If you are a farmer in this area please contact us to get a free advisory visit.
- To work with up to 25 new farmers.
- Volunteers will carry out surveys on all of these farms. A volunteer training event will take place in March.
- We aim to offer butterfly surveys on up to 20 of the project farms this year.
- A conservation adviser will continue to provide advice to all farmers involved in the project.
- To continue to carry out one farmer workshop and one demonstration event each year.
- To expand outreach work in schools.
- To work more closely with district councils to implement wildlife-friendly options such as wild bird cover on their land.