Birds on Farms- volunteers needed to help with surveys

BirdLife Australia’s Birds on Farms project engages farmers and the local community to monitor woodland birds on farms and other rural properties (new properties, as well as old farms surveyed as part of the original project back in the 1990’s) across Victoria. The findings will evaluate the ecological condition of farms, inform management and identify priority sites for wildlife conservation, and produce guidelines for increasing woodland bird diversity in rural areas. It also supports landholders to obtain a better knowledge and appreciation of the birds and their habitats within their properties.

We presently have more landholders interested in being involved than we have birdwatchers to assist them. We are therefore seeking experienced birdwatching volunteers to help with surveys on participating properties. The monitoring program involves systematic bird surveys on participating farms, which are carried out at up to four 20min/2ha survey plots every three months.

We have opportunities all across Victoria, with a particularly urgent need in the north-east of the state and also west of Ballarat. I would love to hear from you if you are potentially interested in assisting with surveys at one or more properties. I can provide you with some more information about what is involved. We can provide materials such as bird identification booklets for you and the landholder to help with surveys.

It’s an opportunity to contribute to this conservation project, and to also watch birds within areas that are inaccessible to the general public. Who knows what you will find!

If you are interested, contact Chris Timewell by email ( or by phone (03 9347 0757 extension 234).

Photo: Jan Osmotherly