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  • Blog Post: Working together for Nature - our first farming event of 2014!

    Happy New Year! I'm never sure when we should stop saying that, but seeing as this is the first post published in 2014 I feel I can still get away with it, even if it is nearly the middle of January already! The reason for the delay in posting the first update for 2014 is the small matter of Oxford...
  • Blog Post: Watt a winner for wildlife!

    Congratulations to Nicholas Watts of Vine House Farm who has been unveiled as the 2013 winner of The Nature of Farming Award . For the sixth year running, you voted in your thousands to crown the UK's most wildlife-friendly farmer and Nicholas is truly deserving of the title, and he firmly believes...
  • Blog Post: Hepburn and the Doves

    Turtle doves they remind me a lot of Audrey Hepburn, you’d be forgiven for thinking I’ve been out in the recent sun too much! What possible physical similarities do a rapidly declining farmland bird and a famous 1950s film star have in common? The turtle dove has often been sighted...
  • Blog Post: Nature of Farming Award - Northern England Regional Winner, Richard Bramley – giving farm wildlife a home and growing beds!

    Guest blog by our Northern England Advisory team In order to determine who was to be the Northern England Regional winner, we spent a very enjoyable few days out judging the impressive shortlist of entrants for this year’s RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award, which seeks to find Britain’s...
  • Blog Post: Nature of Farming Award - A fine crop of highly commended farms for the Northern England Region

    Guest blog by our Northern England Advisory team On our recent visits the Northern England Judging Team were very pleased to award High Commendations to three entrants: Southburn is just one of 11 farms owned/managed by JSR Farms Ltd. JSR Farms was founded in 1958 and are now one of the largest...
  • Blog Post: My kind of farm

    I am often told that I have the best job - I get to visit lots of farms, walk around beautiful English countryside and listen first hand to what farmers want to talk about. I can't disagree, I do love my job! A couple of months ago, I drove over to Oakley Grange Farm, in Leicestershire to visit Richard...
  • Blog Post: Giving nature a home on the Cornish Coast

    By Kev Rylands, Farmland Conservation Adviser Charlie Watson Smyth and his family have been farming along the Cornish coast for generations and are worthy South West winners of this year’s Nature of Farming Award . Claire Mucklow, the Cornwall Chough project manager introduces the scene....
  • Blog Post: Nicholas Watts gives nature a home

    Nicholas is a top chap and his farm is full of farm wildlife, a real pleasure to visit. Nicholas constantly comes up with new ways of creating habitat, not frightened to try something new but equally not afraid to admit when things need to change. I always enjoy our conversations about farm wildlife...
  • Blog Post: Fair progress

    I spent the past weekend at Birdfair , where every year thousands of wildlife enthusiasts from around the world come to hear fascinating talks, book a wonderful wildlife holiday, find great bargains on gear, art and much more. I was on the RSPB stand, in a positively sweltering marquee, encouraging...
  • Blog Post: What's in a name?

    Mention the word 'farmer' in a sentence and most people would understand that you that you were talking about someone who produces food of some description. That's a farmer's job, right? Hmmm. What if that same person was described as a 'multifunctional rural resource manager'...
  • Blog Post: Best in show

    By Mark Vercoe, Volunteer & Farmer Alliance Project Officer, Wales A visit to Penlan Farm in Carmarthenshire is a real treat – this family run business takes a holistic approach to running a strong commercial enterprise that also actively supports the environment, their staff, and the community...
  • Blog Post: Chicken or fish?

    Did you hear today’s news about a new study by the British Nutrition Foundation? They surveyed over 27,500 children across the UK. And guess what? Children’s knowledge of where there food comes from is shockingly poor. Almost a third (29%) of primary school children think that cheese...
  • Blog Post: Who remembers Humphreys?

    Think of an advert for milk. Any one that springs to mind. Thought of one? Great. Does it have cows in it? I have fond memories of milk adverts that featured not cows, but cheeky red and white straws. They made me giggle as they sneakily pinched milk. Wikipedia helped remind me they were Humphreys...
  • Blog Post: Hats off to Henry!

    Wiltshire farmer Henry Edmunds has scooped the top prize in the 2012 RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award . Henry runs a mixed organic farm on the Cholderton Estate with a motto of 'sustainable agriculture in practice'. He is truly an ambassador for a modern farming business, and we heartily...
  • Blog Post: Are you this year’s Henry?

    I’m sure you remember Henry Edmunds (above, with Adam Henson), overall UK winner of the 2012 RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award . Now the hunt is on for this year's Henry (or Henrietta!). The Nature of Farming Award does three big things: Gives all farmers doing their bit for wildlife...
  • Blog Post: Scotland's winners for wildlife

    By Chris Bailey, Advisory Manager, Scotland This years RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award competition was tight with several high quality applications vying for the top spot. The overall Scottish winners were David and Morag Miller of Geise Farm in Caithness, with John Leith awarded a highly commended...
  • Blog Post: Give great farmers a hand (without moving from your chair)

    I want to know what you think. I need to know what you think. "What about?", you may ask. Its one of my favourite subjects - the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award . This year I want it to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever. So when voting opens in the hopefully sunny summer days...
  • Blog Post: The right balance

    Rob Allan believes in balance. He passionately believes that farming needs to deliver food for us and for wildlife, and his approach has weighted things in his (and wildlife’s) favour. Rob is the Midlands Winner RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award 2012. Upton Estate is a 776ha mixed farm...
  • Blog Post: An award-winning haven

    Nestled in the Yorkshire Wolds is Iain Hurst’s arable farm - 365 hectares of wildlife haven. Iain is Northern England’s winner of the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award 2012. His farm has an overwhelming range and scale of species as a result of Iain’s careful dedication and...
  • Blog Post: Advisory Team Wales Reach New Heights

    It’s been a busy few weeks for us here in Wales. The Royal Welsh Show kicked things off back in mid July, the biggest and best attended event of its kind in the UK, with four days of good weather and a huge number of visitors to the stand, so many in fact, we ran out of our increasingly popular...
  • 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...