What birds live on your farm? BirdLife Australia is keen to find out as part of its new Birds on Farms project.
Farmers and the local community can discover and record the woodland birds present within agricultural areas across southern NSW, with the team planning to revisit sites from the original Birds on Farms program, which ran from 1995-9, as well as establish fresh survey sites at new properties.
Birds are invaluable for evaluating the ecological condition of farms. By assessing changes over space and time, BirdLife Australia will be able to identify changes in woodland bird diversity in rural areas, priority sites for future conservation and produce guidelines for farmers. It is also a great opportunity for people to enjoy their local birds and improve their skills and experience in bird identification.
We have established a few sites across the region but would love to get some more for the winter surveys.
The current restrictions have stopped us running group birdwalks for a while but in the meantime, representatives from BirdLife Australia and from the local Ovens and Murray BirdLife branch are assisting landholders to establish survey points across their properties. If you are interested in learning more about the birds sharing your property, email project officer Ben Humphries (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The project is also seeking local birdwatchers interested in quarterly monitoring on one or more of these rural properties. To find out more visit birdlife.org.au/birds-on-farms