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  • Blog Post: Solar power for Hope Farm

    Guest post from Charmian Flowerday, RSPB Project Manager Last Monday was quite a special day for me – Now don’t get me wrong, I know that going to visit a farm in a small village in Cambridgeshire to see construction work might not be everyone’s idea of an inspiring way to spend...
  • Blog Post: Summer turning to Autumn

    It's been a while since the last blog post. The summer seems to have been a good one for many birds. In late summer we conducted some early morning bird ringing sessions out on the farm, with some surprising results. We were amazed by the number of migrant species that were using the hedgerrows...
  • Blog Post: 10 years old!

    During the last month, RSPB has been celebrating the first ten years of Hope Farm. In this piece I will reflect on what the RSPB has learnt from the project, highlighting some of the key stories. 1) Increase in Farmland bird numbers Obviously I need to start by looking at the results of our farmland...
  • Blog Post: Harvest and bird results for 2010

    Birds Summer – Breeding season The 2010 bird analysis was completed a weeks ago and the results have exceeded expectations. Our farmland bird index now stands 201% higher than in 2000 with turtle dove and reed buntings at record numbers. The index is a collective population trend using the...
  • Blog Post: Hope Farm June 2011

    Crops You can’t be a farmer without talking about the weather. Articles in the farming press this week look at how the crop yields across Britain will fare in this prolonged dry period. At Hope Farm a minor miracle happened in the last week when we had some rain. Admittedly it was just 6 mm...
  • Blog Post: Campaign for the Farmed Environment

    The Campaign for the Farmed Environment had its first anniversary in November. The aim of the campaign is to promote voluntary management of farmland to 're-capture' set-aside benefits from a relatively small area of well located and positively managed land. It unites the key industry organisations...