Helping the birds through the tough times

Blog post by Gert Corfield

With winter rapidly approaching the fields and margins on the farm planted with a mix of plants designed to provide seed and cover for birds are starting to come into their own.

A survey a couple of weeks ago found over 100 Linnets with a few Reed Bunting and Yellowhammer present feeding on the seed heads in one particular field sown with a bird food crop earlier in the year. This crop plus the wide field margins, and fields left fallow will sustain good numbers of birds through the winter.

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A rather handsome male Reed Bunting Photo: Gert Corfield

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Some of the 100 or so Linnet. Photo: Gert Corfield