Rhug’s Head Gamekeeper, David Pooler, will host a Farmland Bird Identification event on the 6 February 2018 on the Rhug Estate, together with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust's Catherine Hughes, ahead of the Big Farmland Bird Count 2018.

Rhug’s Head Gamekeeper, David Pooler, will host a Farmland Bird Identification event on 6 February 2018 on the Rhug Estate, together with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust's Catherine Hughes, ahead of the Big Farmland Bird Count 2018.

Lord Newborough said, “We are delighted to host the north Wales Farmland Bird Identification event on the Rhug Estate with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. We are particularly sensitive to preserving bird habitat and protecting wild bird species by looking after the environment. This is something that is dear to our hearts on an organic farm like Rhug. Adopting the best practises of organic farming, with no use of sprays, artificial fertiliser, creating habitat, planting new hedges and trees and putting up nesting boxes is all part of what we do here at Rhug.”

The Identification Day will feature a presentation on what species of birds the participants should expect to see and then they will be able to go out on farm to do some bird identification. A free ID Guide will be provided with a focus on birds that are harder to identify.

At the end of the training participants should be able to identify at least 20 bird species which could be seen on farmland over winter. These include the Chaffinch, Tree sparrow, Corn Bunting, Linnet, Lapwing, Skylarks and the Yellowhammer Song Thrush.

There are only 25 places available at the Rhug event so anyone interested in attending needs to book as soon as possible. Booking online is the simplest and quickest way to secure your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e... but if you wish to book over the phone please call: 01572 718730 on weekdays. Refreshments are included in the event which costs £10. The event starts at 10am and ends at 1pm.

The fourth Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC) takes place from 9 - 18 February 2018. To take part you just have to spend about 30 minutes recording the species and number of birds seen on one particular area of farmland. Download your count sheet at: www.gwct.org.uk/bfbc

Lord Newborough concluded, “The Big Farmland Bird Count provides all of us who are custodians of the land with a great opportunity to show that we are fully engaged with conservation. I would encourage all fellow farmers to get their binoculars out, download the countsheet and get recording as you go out on the farm. Farmers, gamekeepers and landowners are crucial in the survival and protection of many farmland bird species.”