Recent research published in Animal Conservation shows that the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme, which requires farmer’s to grow more wild flowers and develop nesting sites, can quickly bring about a recovery in bird species like Starlings, House Sparrows and Skylark. However, the scheme would have to be rolled out over much larger areas to really help the devastating loss- 50% drop in farmland birds since 1970. So far, Gove is promising measures to do this…watch this space! Conditions: Rain, and winds over 40 mph, but not as devastating as in some areas. Temperature: Max 8- Min 5C.