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Effect of non-inversion tillage on field usage by UK farmland birds in winter

Many species of wintering farmland birds showed preferences for cereal fields established by non-inversion tillage, rather than ploughing.

Year of Publication2005

In late winter, skylarks, grain-eating passerines and gamebirds occupied a greater proportion of fields established by non-inversion tillage than conventional tillage. As well as conservation of soil and water, non-inversion tillage methods appear to increase the suitability of winter fields for foraging birds.

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Cunningham, H, Bradbury, R B, Chaney, K and Wilcox, A (2005) "Effect of non-inversion tillage on field usage by UK farmland birds in winter"Bird Study 52 (2) pp 173-179

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