welcome back birds
will welcome the findings of a Government report that suggests that
their efforts have resulted in a stabilising of the numbers of British
farmland and wild birds, says the NFU.
arrest of the decline in bird species announced in a report by Defra
yesterday is a testament to the efforts of the thousands of farmers
who are implementing environmental schemes and farming practices.
Ben Gill, NFU President, whose farm in York was recently surveyed
by the RSPB and found to contain 57 species of farmland and wild
birds, said: "Farmers will be very happy to hear this news
and encouraged for the future.
farmers recognise that their role as custodians of the countryside
is as important as their role as food producers.
these twin demands is a an ongoing concern and we will continue
to help farmers to achieve this."
species on farms are benefiting from 800,000 hectares of farmland
that has been entered into environmental and conservation initiatives
such as Countryside Stewardship.
the adoption of more environmental friendly farming practices such
as sensitive hedge maintenance, a reduction in pesticide use and
pro-active crop and field management have improved the condition
of the birds' natural habitats.
a survey last year, the NFU found that the average farmer spends
11 hours and £183 a month protecting habitats.