North East England farmland birds advisory project

North East England holds important populations of farmland birds, including curlews in the Northumberland National Park, yellow wagtails on the Northumberland coast and corn buntings in the arable lowland areas of County Durham.

curlew chick


The North East Farmland Birds Advisory Project will ensure that important habitats for farmland birds in the North East of England are managed sympathetically.


  • Targeted management for farmland birds in key areas through agri-environment scheme delivery.
  • To promote farmland bird conservation.
  • To provide specialist advice and training for farmers and advisors.
  • To arrange targeted surveys for curlews in hotspot areas of Northumberland National Park.
  • To provide ongoing support and commitment to help farmers deliver their agri-environment schemes.

Planned Work

  • Identifying curlew ‘hotspots’ in Northumberland National Park.
  • Offering individual advice for farms in the HLS pipeline with options for corn buntings.
  • Providing ongoing support for farmers to ensure their HLS farmland bird options are providing excellent feeding and breeding habitat.
  • Finding and training volunteers to carry out surveys.
  • Farm walk for members of Northumberland Coast AONB partnership.


Date: 9 August 2012. PDF, 3.59Mb.

Project Areas Map


Coast on a stormy day

Janet Fairclough

Conservation Advisor, RSPB
Tagged with: Country: England Habitat: Farmland Habitat: Grassland Habitat: Heathland Habitat: Upland Habitat: Wetland Habitat: Woodland Project status: Ongoing Project types: Advocacy