Nottinghamshire and south Derbyshire farmland bird project

This was part of a national project aimed at boosting the numbers of our farmland birds. We worked with farmers to put suitable measures in place to provide nesting habitat, summer food and winter food (the 'Big 3') for species such as lapwing, tree sparrow and grey partridge.

Tree sparrow Passer montanus, perched on small branch

Overview

We are aiming to stop the current decline in the populations of some farmland birds by working with farmers to put suitable measures in place to provide nesting habitat, summer food and winter food (the ‘Big 3’).  

If the birds have somewhere safe to nest, insects and seed food to feed their chicks and winter food to help them get through to the next breeding season, we will give them every chance to prosper.

Objectives

  • Develop Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) and Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) schemes which contain management to benefit to priority species.
  • 80 Volunteer and Farmer Alliance surveys carried out in the region.

Planned Work

This project is now complete.

Results

During its lifetime, the project has resulted in:
 
  • 46 local farms provided with free advice on how to implement the Farmland Bird Package to conserve high priority farmland birds.
  • 20 Higher or Entry level stewardship applications.
  • 69 farmers provided with free, farm-specific breeding bird surveys.
  • 96 community volunteers undertaking surveys on local farms.

Partners

Funding

  • RSPB
  • Natural England (through the Countdown 2010 fund)

Contacts

Coast on a stormy day

Kirsty Brannan

Senior conservation officer, RSPB

kirsty.brannan@rspb.org.uk
Tagged with: Country: England Habitat: Farmland Habitat: Grassland Habitat: Woodland Species: Corn bunting Species: Grey partridge Species: Lapwing Species: Linnet Species: Reed bunting Species: Skylark Species: Tree sparrow Species: Turtle dove Species: Yellow wagtail Species: Yellowhammer Project status: Completed Project types: Advocacy