The 2021 Big Farmland Bird Count

Saturday 21st February saw the return of the Farmland Jersey Bird Count for the second year running. 10 of our Jersey Dairy farmers took part across 12 sites, an increase from 2020. 

As stewards of the countryside it is important that our farmers monitor the bird populations and engage with local ecologists to enhance the wildlife and biodiversity of the farmland they are working.

During the bird count each farm was partnered with their own ornithologist who shared their vast knowledge and experience of the different species spotted. 1425 birds in total were recorded, 44 different species within 30 minutes.

Andrew Le Gallais at Cowley Dairy Farm

Our Jersey Dairy farms provide excellent habitats for many species of birds and our farmers take great care to minimise the impact of farming systems on these habitats as well as trying to enhance and create new ones. This is all part of the ongoing commitment to LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming – leafuk) where our farmers continue to demonstrate that the work they are doing is having a positive impact on farming wildlife. 

Thank you to Sangan Island Conservation for organising another fantastic Farmland Bird Count, and of course the ornithologists who came out to help our farmers spot the diverse range of birds. 

Take a look at the 2021 results below and view the top 5 most abundant species recorded across the farms which took part…

Jersey Farmland Bird Count 2021