Fenland - the Fens focus area
Populations of farmland birds across the UK have shown a dramatic decline over recent decades.
- The project is based at our Ouse Washes nature reserve in the heart of the Fens, and is working with farmers in Cambridgeshire as well as parts of Lincolnshire and Norfolk.
- The project aims to help farmers deliver valuable wildlife habitats through high quality Environmental Stewardship agreements.
- It also seeks to raise awareness in the farming community of farm wildlife, its needs and the challenges it currently faces.
- Advisory visits have been given on over 370 square kilometres of farmland.
- Around 700 farmers have attended project events and many more have connected with us through shows and word of mouth.
- The project officer has helped farmers in the Fens put over 170 square kilometres of land into Stewardship schemes.
- We have worked with 17 farmers to create the Thorney Farmland Bird Friendly Zone, an area of farmland covering 40 square kilometres, in which the farmers have come together to manage their land to help wildlife.
- Natural England Countdown 2010 Biodiversity Action Fund 2008-2011