6 April 2018 04:35:51
The five most abundant birds spotted were starlings, woodpigeons, fieldfares, rooks and chaffinches
More than 1,000 farmers recorded 121 bird species across 950,000 acres during the fifth successive Big Farmland Bird Count.
The record-breaking number of farmers took part in the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT)-led count between 9 and 18 February.
A total of 25 red-listed species were recorded, with five appearing in the 25 most commonly seen species list.
These include fieldfares, starlings, house sparrows, song thrushes and yellowhammers. The most plentiful of these were fieldfares and starlings, which were seen on nearly 40% of the farms taking part.
The five most abundant birds spotted were starlings, woodpigeons, fieldfares, rooks and chaffinches. A total of 99,712 were found, making up nearly 50% of the total number of birds recorded – a pattern similar in previous counts.