Protect the birdlife

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FARMERS in Hartlepool and east Durham are being urged to sign up for a scheme which will protect birdlife.

The RSPB wants farmers to join the Volunteer & Farmer Alliance (V&FA) which offers them a free survey of the breeding birds on their land.

It will involve a local RSPB volunteer visiting their farm to survey the different species of birds. The results will then be plotted on a unique ‘bird map’ that can help farmers target their work to benefit wildlife.

The information on these bird hotspot maps can help bring in new income, as the wildlife data can be used to bolster applications for wildlife-friendly farming grant schemes such as the Higher Level Stewardship (HLS).

More details are available from Geraldine Straker on (0191) 2334332 or by emailing