Six species (corn bunting, turtle dove, grey partridge, lapwing, yellow wagtail and tree sparrow) have shown particularly severe declines and a marked reduction in their range.
Research has demonstrated that by providing nesting habitat, winter food and insect resources in sufficient quantities and with the correct management, the trend in declines can be reversed.
The Fens as a hotspot for farmland birds is one of only a handful of places in England where these six species are still recorded together.
Within the Fens Focus Area, we provide free help and advice for farmers, their agents and advisors to create and manage habitat for farmland birds and other wildlife using Environmental Stewardship.
Farmers are encouraged to adopt nature-friendly farming practices as part of a commercial farm business, benefiting a host of farmland species, while continuing to produce the high arable yields associated with the area.