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DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,142
Wondering if the countryside dwellers amongst us are aware of this?

https://www.bfbc.org.uk/

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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,847
    Run by the Game and Wildlife 'conservation' trust and sponsered by the NFU. Not that I don't trust either to just twist the data for their own benefit but I'll pass on this one. :|
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,142
    A case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t I suppose  :/

    My brother is a farmer ... he has done a huge amount to restore miles of hedgerows and plant woodlands, creating beetle banks and nesting areas for skylarks and establishing large areas of  habitat for hares and birds needing grassland and regenerated large areas of woodland and wetland habitat.  He’s not the only one ... most of his neighbours do it too ... they love wildlife and understand it’s importance  better than many folk. 

    Yes, he shoots and eats some pheasants too ... I feel a lot better about eating one of his pheasants than one of the cheap chickens available in supermarkets and some butchers.  He’s also a member of the NFU ... you make them sound like the devil incarnate ... who else should be organising  a bird count across as much farmland as possible?

    Beware of alienating those
    folk who can actually do something to improve habitat for wildlife ... don't chuck the baby out with the bath water 😢 
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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,847
    I've got no problem with people shooting and eating wild game. A couple of pheasants for the pot is fine by me but the other 49,999,998 captive bred game birds that are released into the British countryside to consume and out-compete native species for resources are more of a worry. The arguement that 'wild' game is better than farmed chicken is often over simplified. Any land owner can release enormous amounts of birds onto their land with no care of where they disperse to. Then there's the concerns over lead shot and wildlife crimes as well.
    In my opinion the NFU and GaWCT should be paying someone like the BTO to provide accurate data rather than using free citizen science to push their adjendas. The NFU are more interested in agribusiness than farming as far as I can see and always seem to be on the wrong side of any debate to protect the countryside.
    Monitoring wildlife is essential and any farmer that is working to restore the countryside is fine by me but I don't like the idea that this sort of thing is aimed at nature lovers who think they're helping wildlife only to find that their data is used for what can be seen as anti-wildlife campaigns.

    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,142
    edited February 2020


    As I said, they’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t 😢 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,142
    You’d probably think of these as ‘Agribusiness’ rather than farming ...

    but click on the individual farms and read about them
    http://www.suffolkproduce.co.uk/meet-the-farms.html

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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,847

    Just some helpful reading on how the GWCT treat the data that is provided.


    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • Dave HumbyDave Humby HampshirePosts: 1,142
    I saw a Grey Wagtail while out walking the dog in the woods today. I’m fairly certain that’s the first one I’ve (knowingly) seen in my 51 years. 
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,185
     I saw a vast, and I mean vast, flock of redwing or fieldfares fly north/south over our house this morning.

    I don’t know the numbers, but the flock resembled those murmurations of starlings.


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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,847
    A few years ago in the Autumn I was on top of a mountain in North Wales when a huge flock of fieldfares flew over and landed all around us. They were perched on every rock and mound they could find. I think they must have been freshly arrived on migration and looking for berries.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,185
    😊
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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