Supplementary feeding in winter for farmland birds, involves farmers spreading grain close to or on existing areas of overwintered stubbles and wild bird seed mix.

It provides important food resources for farmland birds in late winter and early spring on arable and mixed farms, by supplementing crops of winter bird food when they have been depleted and before natural food sources become available in late spring.

If successful there will be seed-eating farmland birds using the feeding areas from December to April.

The bird feeding option is designed to complement other sources of seed food on the farm. The new option is straightforward to implement and does not require any additional land to be taken out of production. Farmers in ES agreements which already include extended over-winter stubbles or wild bird seed mixture can easily change their agreement to include an option for supplementary feeding.

Find out about funding, eligibility and requirements for the supplementary winter feeding for farmland birds option please visit