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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...
16 Oct 2012
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'...
23 Apr 2012
The Village Bunting’s Out for Easter in the Fens
Spotted on my way home from work – a 100-strong mixed flock of buntings and yellowhammers , with the odd tree sparrow thrown in for good measure. Tweeting, jangling hissing and popping away, they are restless, exuberant and full of spring energy, torn between winter flocking behaviour and breaking...
6 Apr 2012
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...
20 Feb 2012
A Heart-Warming Story – but only if you read it to the end!
I know, it’s Friday 13 January, you’re skint, you’re cold and the Summer Hols seems a long dark way away. I’m sure you don’t need to be depressed any further. However, with the Twelve Days of Christmas just recently come to an end (and most of us still struggling to shift...
13 Jan 2012
Agriculture: Tomorrow’s Power?
Happy New Year! There's nothing like a good debate to get you back in the swing of things after Christmas! As seems to have become tradition for me and several others, 2012 kicks off with a trip down the A43 to spend a couple of days at the Oxford Farming Conference . It’s a great opportunity...
4 Jan 2012
A positive outlook?
In my office, I'm often mocked for my eternal optimism. Even when asked the question "What can we do about farmland bird declines?" my answer would be 'Lots!" I'm positive that the future could be much brighter for many of the specialist birds that depend on farmland for survival...
15 Dec 2011
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...
1 Nov 2011
34 and counting...exciting news from The Great Crane Project in Somerset
We are now well into the second year of the Great Crane Project – and have spent the spring and summer hatching and rearing another batch of cranes to joint the eighteen birds that were released last year. This brings the number out on the Somerset Levels and Moors to 34. After three weeks of ‘anchoring’...
27 Sep 2011
Creating space for a battling midfielder
Back in the Wilkinson years, before Batty turned England Captain, before Kamara turned Sky pundit, and before Eric turned Red, I was a Leeds fan. Me and Dad had season tickets in the East Stand and never missed a home game. Eventually the endless 0-0 draws under George Graham put me off football altogether...
23 Sep 2011
Step into my Office
Welcome to my office. I reckon it’s one of the biggest in the UK. Vaguely speaking, the ‘walls’ are the A14 to the south, the Cambridgeshire border to the west, the start of the sandy Brecks to the east, and to the North... Well I haven’t quite decided but it’s somewhere...
26 Aug 2011
Summer screams out and Autumn flocks in
Last V&FA Diary of the year: Surveyor – Marcus Nash – North Norfolk , 31st July 2011 I have cut this right to the wire, but I just manage to squeeze in a fourth survey on the farm in the village. Finally, we are getting some warm, dry weather. Sunrise is 5.22am, so the sun has just...
9 Aug 2011
Recipe for Success!
Blogger: Niki Williamson, Fenland Farmland Bird Adviser How do you enjoy your new potatoes? I like to keep it simple – get them as fresh as possible, boil them till they’re just cooked, and eat them piping hot, with British butter and mint from the garden – a perfect combination...
29 Jul 2011
Voting is open - we have our finalists!
Well, the wait is over and we finally have our Nature of Farming Award finalists - and I just about have some fingernails left! After much deliberation, our expert panel of judges have announced Robert Law , David White , Robert Kynaston and Somerset & Carolyne Charrington as this year's top...
22 Jul 2011
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...
20 Jul 2011
Saying it with Flowers
Have you ever wondered why flowers make people smile? Many things that make us happy are things that promote our survival - a good square meal, a thirst-quenching drink on a sunny day. But what about flowers? Sure they’re nice to look at, but you can’t really live off them, or use them...
11 Jul 2011
Nature & Farming Judgement Day on June 29th?
The signs from the EU in the last few days are that the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, is considering major cuts to pillar two of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). An essential fund that amongst other things pays farmers and landowners to manage their land in wildlife...
24 Jun 2011
Fighting for farmers on the front line
Nature is increasingly under pressure - more people, needing more food, more houses, more transport links, more places to work, which means the fight to protect nature will only get tougher. By virtue of what farmers do, they are on the front line of that fight. And they need funds for that fight. ...
21 Jun 2011
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...
10 Jun 2011
Volunteer & Farmer Alliance- Surveyor Diary 2
Date: 28 April | Surveyor: Marcus Nash | Location: Hall Farm, Norfolk Sunrise Brings Surprises on the East Coast While the forecast doesn’t look great (overcast and a bit windy), it looks even worse for the following few days (wind gusting up to 40mph+!). That being the case, I figure...
9 Jun 2011
Come and see us at Cereals!!
The agricultural team are busy getting ready for Cereals next week (15th and 16th June, in Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire). It will be my first time at the show, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the spectacle, checking out the latest developments, and of course the chance to talk to lots of...
8 Jun 2011
Field of Dreams!
Remember this splendid if somewhat sentimental 80’s film?! It’s about a farmer who responds to a voice telling him to plough up his wheat and build a baseball pitch, which is then visited by celebrated figures from the past. He is mocked by his neighbours for destroying the crop, but it...
3 Jun 2011
Knowing me, knowing you….
I’m excited at being the first person to contribute to this brand new blog. I hope you enjoy reading it, and want to come back for more. You’ll be hearing from many of us here in the RSPB agricultural team in the future, including our farm advisors with practical advice, our policy team who...
19 May 2011
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