Vitacress takes part in farmland bird count

Vitacress has participated in the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s (GWCT), Big Farmland Bird Count, (BFBC) for the second year running.  The campaign started three years ago and highlights the crucial role of farmers and gamekeepers in providing homes for wildlife. 

With the help of The Anton River Conservation Association, TARCA, a local voluntary group, Vitacress surveyed two of its watercress farms.  At one of its farms, 26 different species of birds were sighted including, Little Egrets, Jackdaws, Meadow Pipits and Wrens.

At its second site in Hampshire, 16 different species were spotted, including Grey and Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipits and the more elusive Green Sandpipers.   Vitacress has submitted the results of its survey, which will be recorded on the GWCT’s national database and the results will be released in the next few weeks.

Vitacress is committed to preserving and conserving the wildlife habitats it works in and has a charitable organisation, The Vitacress Conservation Trust (VCT), which focuses on environmental initiatives associated with salad and watercress crop production.  Vitacress is also the only salad company to be certified ‘Fair to Nature’ by Conservation Grade, which means that 10 per cent of its land is dedicated to creating habitats for wildlife including farmland birds.

The GWCT’s initiative encourages farmers to spend just 30 mins for one day between 6th and 14th February, recording the birds they see on their land.  The aim being to prevent the decline in the number of farmland birds.

In 2015, over 950 farmers took part in the count across nearly one million acres and 127 species were recorded.

Leah Mathias-Collins, Vitacress Environment Manager “This important initiative is vital in protecting the numbers of farmland birds.  It’s a simple way to record the effect of the conservation schemes that we are all implementing on our land.  It’s a great opportunity for us to work together on monitoring trends in wildlife populations.  We are looking forward to seeing the results of this year’s count.”

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