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Will the CAP ever fit?
Photo credit Andy Hay Politicians are skilled in the art of compromise. And yet we all know the truth about compromise – it satisfies no one. Our European institutions, namely, the Council(of Ministers from across the EU), Commission and Parliament, are now in the middle of trying to reach a...
25 Apr 2013
The March of the Beekeepers
Last month EU agriculture ministers failed our pollinators – and therefore failed food producers and food eaters. That’s a pretty comprehensive failure. They failed us because they blocked the commission’s proposal to restrict the use of neonicotinoids for a two-year moratorium....
24 Apr 2013
A difficult cropping year at Hope Farm
The weather dictates everything in farming whether you are an arable or livestock farmer. For us as an arable farm cultivations, spraying operations and harvesting are all at the mercy of the weather. Crop growth is also very much affected by the weather. © Andy Hay, RSPB Images When wheat...
22 Apr 2013
More on Martin's blog
Yesterday I recommended reading Martin's blog for our views on predation. Check it out again today for more news about predation and the fortunes of some of our wonderful - but waning - waders, and the impact of agrienvironment schemes. Redshank: Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)
19 Apr 2013
In search of turtle doves
Turtle doves are just embarking on their long flight to return to our shores – but in far fewer numbers than even 5 years ago. We are working hard to understand the causes of these declines. Jenny Bright , one of our dedicated Conservation Scientists, shares her experiences of working on this project...
15 Apr 2013
Winter bird numbers provide a ray of sunshine on RSPB Hope Farm
By Derek Gruar, Senior Research Assistant, Hope Farm After one of the wettest summer for years, winter continued the theme of damp and dull weather conditions; with the ground still saturated we like many farmers across the UK have struggled to get crops in for the 2013 harvest. This also made...
10 Apr 2013
Check out Martin's blog today
... To find out our views on the Environmental Audit Committee report on ‘Pollinators and Pesticides’ which was published this morning – and to share your views with us too.
5 Apr 2013
A warm welcome, and a hearty thank you
By Christina Taylor, Conservation Monitoring Officer I have been very privileged to have worked as a project officer for the RSPB’s Volunteer and Farmer Alliance (V&FA) for the past two and a half years, initially based in Scotland and latterly in North East England. Not least because...
1 Apr 2013
A heart-warming story of Hope
Doesn't this picture make you smile? This is 6 year old Alice Stavert-Dobson, winner of the Operation Turtle Dove competition to name the doves on the logo , receiving her yummy prize. Alice came up with the winning names of Heart and Hope . Alice told us “I chose ‘Heart’...
11 Mar 2013
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