North Wessex Downs
The North Wessex Downs focus area supports several key populations of stone-curlew and is a hotspot for farmland birds, including nationally important populations of many species.
- Provide free advice and support to farmers entering or renewing agri-environment agreements with farmland birds as the target, incorporating the 'Big Three' for farmland birds.
- Support, advise and train partners, farm advisors and agents on farmland birds and provision of the 'Big Three' requirements for farmland birds.
- Provide advice on the management of options for farmland birds.
- Creation of environmental stewardship agreements.
- To encourage good relations between the farming and conservation communities to work together towards halting the decline in farmland wildlife.
- A stable self-sustaining population of stone-curlew across North Wessex.
- April 2008 - start of the North Wessex Farmland Bird Project under the South West Farmland Bird Initiative (SWFBI).
- 2010 - stone-curlew return to breed on Marlborough Downs for the first time in 34 years.
- October 2010 - official launch of the south-east region North Wessex Farmland Bird Project.
- April 2012 - merger of the two regional (south west and south east) North Wessex farmland bird projects to become one.
- 2012 - Marlborough Downs becomes the first farmer-led Nature Improvement Area.
- January 2013 - Marlborough Downs is recognised as an RSPB focus area for stone-curlew.
Date: 5 March 2013 PDF, 1.38Mb.The Farm Flyer - North Wessex Farmland Bird Project
Newsletter for farmers, landowners, landmanagers and farm advisers across the four public areas. Date: 10 October 2012. PDF, 957Kb.South West Farmland Bird Initiative Newsletter - Winter 2012/13
Date: 3 April 2012. PDF, 152Kb.Chalk Country update - March 2012
News about RSPB partnership projects in Wessex. Date: 4 March 2011. PDF, 742Kb.Chalk Country 3
Date: 24 May 2011. PDF, 415Kb.North Wessex Farmland Bird Newsletter - Spring 2011