A MASSIVE 40,000 acres of special wildlife seed crops are now being grown on farmland across the country, according to figures gathered through Defra and the Campaign for the Farmed Environment.

In addition, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) reports that thousands of tonnes of grain such as wheat are now being provided as supplementary food for farmland birds during the “hungry gap,” and this will help birds survive the leanest months of winter.

During February, the GWCT will be running its first Big Farmland Bird Count. This will be one of the largest counts of farmland birds ever conducted in this country.