Thursday, January 12, 2017
CFE will be running a series of events across the country in early 2017 providing advice and guidance on managing the farm for birds.
The events will look at CFE Voluntary Measures that support farmland birds, and look at the importance of retaining relevant agri-environment options wherever possible, particularly field margins. These can help birds with the ‘hungry gap’ when food sources are low. Good hedgerow management can also be important for supporting farmland birds.
In certain key counties, CFE will particularly focus on good farmland management to benefit the turtle dove. This iconic bird is under threat for a number of reasons, including a parasite, hunting on migratory routes and loss of habitat in wintering grounds. Shortage of nesting sites and sources of food is also a factor, and events in Kent, Sussex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire will look at measures that can be included alongside the farm business to help turtle doves.
Details of the events confirmed so far can be found on the CFE website here
BGS is a membership organisation which acts as a communication forum, through events and publications, for the profitable and sustainable use of grass and forage.