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  • Blog Post: Winning for wildlife

    This time of year is always quite exciting for me – lots of things to see and do in the countryside and hopefully the odd sunny day here and there... But for the last four years there’s been something else to get excited about – finding out who our winners are in the RSPB Telegraph...
  • Blog Post: We’ve found Northern Ireland’s Wildlife Ambassadors 2012!

    By Hayley Sherwin, Volunteer and Farmer Alliance Project Officer, Northern Ireland With the action of farmers across Northern Ireland, we are working towards safeguarding farmland wildlife for future generations. After visiting farms as part of the judging process for the RSPB Telegraph Nature of...
  • Blog Post: Caravan of love

    I have childhood memories of long hot journeys to summer holidays in Cornwall. Our small stuffy car was packed to the gunwales with my gran, 2 parents, us three kids and one dog. My Dad would groan and complain bitterly when we got stuck behind a caravan on the single carriageway roads. Our car was not...
  • Blog Post: Get out the bunting

    I've been in celebratory mood since last week, and after a few computer-free days away am back on line and keen to share the good news with you. You may have seen that last week we reported a huge increase in reed buntings at Fowlmere , one of our reserves in Cambridgeshire. We estimate that over...
  • Blog Post: The seal of approval

    I’m not a farmer, my mother is, but I’m just a ¼ acre allotmenter. Yesterday, we heard that we’d scored very highly in a recent inspection. This filled me full of pride, but also made me wonder why we yearn so much for approval from others, when it comes to our patch of land...
  • Blog Post: Keeping yourself grounded

    By Nick Tomalin, Wessex Farmland Projects Manager Image courtesy of RSPB Images. Spreading hedge parsley. As an enthusiastic nine year old I was always looking up. Partly this was down to a cheery disposition, partly because I was shorter than everyone else at that age, and partly it was due...
  • Blog Post: On Tour- Best of NoFA in the East!

    The Nature of Farming Award Tour of the best entries in the East this year is now in full swing- starting last week with RSPB Eastern England Regional Director, Paul Forecast presenting the Award to the Regional Winner... read about the winner and the other events in the tour below- and then why not...
  • Blog Post: Looking for love

    Sleek skylark with GSOH seeks warm-hearted farmer with a small plot of undrilled land to share lazy summer days for singing and possibly more. Text 0800 111 to come fly with me Bright meadow buttercup looking for a foxy foxtail to share lady’s bedstraw for a bit of variety. All welcome to make...
  • Blog Post: Northern Ireland Farmers Give Nature a Home on their farm

    By Hayley Sherwin, Volunteer & Farmer Alliance Project Officer, Northern Ireland It is that time of year once more. It is time for the Nature of Farming Awards and here in Northern Ireland we have selected our winner. Nature is in trouble right across our countryside, but there are many farmers...
  • Blog Post: A Fair Chance

    This weekend we will be at BirdFair (Marquee 4, Friday 19 - Sunday 21 August, Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water), the annual jamboree for birdwatchers and their flocks. As we are in the final 2 weeks of the public vote for the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award , its a great opportunity to remind...
  • Blog Post: Next week we will be at the European Dairy Event at the NEC – Just how much space for nature can we expect modern dairy farms to provide?

    Farming has never stood still, but few of its sectors have changed as much as dairying over the last few decades. Dairy farmers have been declining as fast as some of our farmland wildlife: in the past ten years alone, the number of dairy farmers has halved in England and Wales, and fallen by a third...
  • Blog Post: Deadline approaching!

    Have you entered the 2012 RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award yet? If not, visit our website to download an entry form* today. Entry closes on 20 April , and we don't want anyone to miss out on their chance to get the recognition they deserve for all their hard work and dedication taking care...
  • Blog Post: Bugs, birds and beasts in the East

    Some of you may be familiar with the title – it is a phrase used by our Eastern England region . And it’s a perfect description for this year’s Eastern England winner of the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award . Jason Gathorne-Hardy has taken an ingenious approach to flower...
  • Blog Post: RSPB at the Oxford Farming Conference

    Blog post by: Richard Winspear, Senior Agriculture Advisor RSPB I had a great couple of days at the Oxford Farming Conference. We hosted a breakfast fringe meeting to celebrate the winners of the Nature of Farming Awards 2011 and launched the first Farmland Bird Friendly Zone. Martin Harper, our new...
  • Blog Post: In our eyes Henry Edmunds is a star

    By Tracé Williams, Great Bustard LIFE Manager As I talk to this years Nature of Farming Award winner, Henry Edmunds, it becomes clear he is a true guardian of wildlife. Henry’s farm, the Cholderton Estate in Wiltshire, has been managed by his family since 1880, with Henry taking...
  • Blog Post: Size does matter

    I've just come back from the RSPB's annual Members Weekend - three days of inspiring talks and a chance to chat to some of our wonderful supporters. On Saturday morning Marco Lambertini, Chief Executive of BirdLife International , gave a fabulous talk called 'Global partnership, local action'...
  • Blog Post: Voting is open!

    It was a difficult task, but the judges have chosen the four fabulous finalists for the 2012 RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award . Frankly, I don't know how the judges choose each year, the standard is wonderfully high, and they are all brilliant in different ways. But we shut the judges in a...
  • Blog Post: Pumpkin-tatstic!

    I've got some great news to share, and Halloween seems the perfect time to share it. Halloween of course marks the zenith of the short pumpkin season, and I know a number of farmers that really grow pumpkins for their community, rather than making much profit. They see their friends and neighbours...
  • Blog Post: Something to sing about

    I just had to share this - this year more farmers than ever have entered the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award . This is fabulous news. It was already the biggest farm wildlife award in the UK. But the bigger it gets, the better it will be in spreading the word about the essential role farmers play...
  • Blog Post: Looking for diamonds

    Today the Queen has commemorated her Diamond Jubilee by reiterating her pledge to serve us all. Serving the nation is something UK farmers know all about. Providing food for our growing population whilst also being stewards of our countryside for future generations takes particular care and dedication...
  • Blog Post: Giving wildlife a sporting chance

    As a certain major sports event opened on Friday, with a spectacular ceremony featuring a pastoral idyll that helped shape our green and pleasant land, my thoughts turned to some of the amazing farm wildlife that share our landscape. A great case could be made for many contenders, but here is my winners...
  • Blog Post: A ‘rye’ smile....

    I love it when things work out well. We put a stack of effort into working with farmers to find new ways to help wildlife. Not every idea will turn out to be as practical or effective as we want it to be (that is the point of testing ideas out after all), but I’m pleased to say that we have a new...
  • Blog Post: Hooray for Henry!

    I’m sure that’s a joke Henry Edmunds has heard before (and is probably a tad tired of). But we really should shout ‘hooray’ for this special farmer from Wiltshire. Henry is the South West England Winner of the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award 2012. Henry’s...
  • Blog Post: Make like a tree with LEAF...

    I lose track of the number of acronyms I come across every day, but there are some that are more memorable than others in this business. LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) is one of them. As an organisation, LEAF work to promote the integration of environmental protection into farming and understandably...
  • Blog Post: Hurry - last chance to win a luxury weekend for two!

    There is just one week left in the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Awards voting frenzy, which closes next Wednesday ( 31 August ). The vote is where we invite, encourage and cajole every man, woman and child old enough to make their own mind up, to vote for one of the four fabulous finalists in our...