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FARMLAND is key to keeping the county’s wildlife population healthy.

More than 120 volunteers carried out surveys for the RSPB on 92 different sites across Hampshire in a bid to put together a picture of how farmland birds and wildlife are faring.

It has been the south east’s most successful year ever of the conservation charity’s annual project.

The free surveys, in places including Waterlooville, help farmers to identify birds of conservation concern present on their land, and the RSPB can then advise them on how to help these species and make the most of their farms for wildlife.

Fay Pattinson, volunteer and farmer alliance co-ordinator for the south east, said: ‘We’ve had such a great response from farms and volunteers taking part in the surveys this year which gives an excellent overview of what wildlife is present on our farmland across the south east.

‘Farmers really value the information and once they know which birds they have on their land and where, we can advise them on how to manage their land appropriately with these species in mind.

‘We couldn’t do it without the 
help of an enthusiastic and committed team of volunteers who go out in the early mornings to record the wildlife they see.’