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  • Blog Post: What birds are wintering on your farm?

    Winter is a tough time for wildlife, but especially so for those species which call farmland home. Many farmland bird species such as grey partridge, yellowhammer and corn bunting depend on seeds to survive. Other species such as thrushes and bullfinches depend on berries, fruit and grubs found along...
  • Blog Post: Hope for the future of agri-environment delivery in England?

    With the successor to the previous agri-environment schemes in England nearing it's final stages of development, Farming Minister George Eustice made a trip to visit the RSPB's Hope Farm earlier this month to see how we've been giving nature a home on the farm. Image: George Eustice...
  • Blog Post: A story of flowers, floods and friends

    I first heard from Mr Blackburn back last November. His current agri-environment agreement was due to end soon, and he’d been invited by Natural England to apply for Higher Level Stewardship . Could I help? The farm was within the Upper Thames river valleys project area, so a few days later I met...
  • Blog Post: Hope Farm: 2014 has been so much better

    The last two years have been very challenging at Hope Farm with lower numbers of breeding birds than our high point in 2011, and disappointing crop yields. The summer of 2012 will long be etched in many of our memories with the incessant rain after a prolonged drought, which had a considerable impact...
  • Blog Post: The Benefits to Wider Biodiversity of Land Management for Cirl Buntings

    Having recently started as an intern on the cirl bunting project, I am learning all the time about agri-environment schemes and the work that the RSPB does with farmers. For example, I learned that cirl bunting project staff have influenced the application of agri-environment schemes on over 10,000 hectares...
  • Blog Post: Stone-curlews past and present

    Posted on behalf of Andrew Holland, Farmland Project Officer in the Brecks Stone-curlews are an amazing and instantly recognizable bird, with their large yellow eyes and long yellow legs. They fly hundreds of miles each year to areas which have stony, light sandy soils to breed in England, these include...
  • Blog Post: Announcements on RDP funding for Northern Ireland

    RSPB Northern Ireland has welcomed Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill’s long-awaited announcement of funds for the Rural Development Programme (RDP). The 2014-2020 RDP could now be worth £623m, with funding supporting a range of priorities which together will lead to the enhancement...
  • Blog Post: Blue skies, Cereals and greening

    It's been a busy few weeks on the farming advice front, what with Open Farm Sunday, show season getting in to full swing and the recent announcements on greening from Defra. If you haven't had chance to read Martin Harper's blog on our response to the announcement, you can do that here ....
  • Blog Post: A spotlight on Scotland

    Having just spent a glorious week in the Highlands, it seems very timely to turn the blog spotlight on some of the brilliant project work going on across Scotland . Because there's so much going on, I'll be posting a series of updates over the next few days. Today, we'll kick off with what's...
  • Blog Post: Hope Farm update - it's not just the birds and the bees. Butterflies count too!

    The Hope Farm Winter Bird Index, calculated from whole-farm counts made during December, January and February, for 2013/14 is 6.84 . This is a slight decline from 2012/13 (7.35). However, it is the 3 rd highest winter index figure for Hope Farm since counts began in winter 2000/01 (baseline = 1) and...
  • Blog Post: The plot thickens...

    February. Even if you’re one of the lucky ones who still has a carpet, you’re soaked, it’s dark, and there’s still nearly a year to wait for Christmas. If it’s not the storms that are surging, then it’s the fog that’s freezing, and there’s no sign of any...
  • Blog Post: Sharing best practice across Europe...and beyond!

    The most worthwhile thing in my opinion about working for a nature conservation charity is being able to share our learning and in turn learn from others. For over 10 years, I managed volunteers surveying farmland for the Volunteer & Farmer Alliance (V&FA) project. In its later years, the...
  • Blog Post: Farming for waders

    Posted on behalf of Dr Rebecca Laidlaw, Conservation Scientist Last year Dr Jen Smart wrote a guest blog for Martin Harper called “Where have all the waders gone and how are we going to get them back?” In that blog, she identified some key things that will be important if our vision of...
  • 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: Farming Together with Nature in East County Down

    Posted on behalf of Hayley Sherwin, Conservation Advisor in Northern Ireland For anyone who lives in or has visited east County Down you will agree that it is a beautiful region of Northern Ireland with an array of habitats and special places. You only have to travel down the Ards Peninsula with Strangford...
  • Blog Post: A Partridge in an Oil Field

    To be honest I’m not known for my love of Christmas carols, but at our department Christmas lunch and get together, the team that I work in gave a slightly different rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas with each day related to our work areas. This included providing swifts with nest holes...
  • Blog Post: Choosing for the Children at Christmas

    “How’s your Christmas shopping going?” I’m usually the person who doesn’t get started till Christmas Eve, so I dread the question, especially when it comes from one of those super-shoppers that cleaned up on Black Friday! At this time of year, people spend lots of...
  • Blog Post: Hero Worship

    By Niki Williamson, Fenland Farm Conservation Adviser In the Fens, we do Harvest Festivals and Ploughing Contests. As a Farm Conservation Adviser who is also a brass musician I get my fair share of both! I love this time of gatherings and celebrations, borne of an ancient Northern hemisphere...
  • Blog Post: Tell the government you support wildlife-friendly farmers

    Stephanie Landymore, Parliamentary Campaigns Officer, gives an update on how we’re showing government that wildlife-friendly farming is important to tens of thousands of people across the country. Over the past six months, we’ve heard very positive noises from the Westminster Government...
  • Blog Post: Mixed fortunes at Hope Farm

    Harvest at Hope Farm finished at the end of August, and ran smoothly in comparison to last year. Yields were variable though with oilseed rape and peas producing average yields, as did the first wheat. Our spring wheat yielded well above expectation, balanced by our second wheat which was exceptionally...
  • 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: Farmageddon!

    Posted on behalf of Niki Williamson, Fenland Farmland Conservation Advisor Imagine the scene. You’re sitting in your home surrounded by your family with a fridge full of nice food when, out of the blue, somebody bulldozes it down around you. Fleeing for your life, you take refuge in the nearest...
  • Blog Post: Scrubbing up for turtle doves

    Posted on behalf of Jacqui Weir, Woodland Biodiversity Advisor Over the last few years I have been fortunate to be involved in several exciting conservation projects with the RSPB. In my current role I am a Woodland Biodiversity Advisor, encouraging landowners to manage their woodlands for wildlife...
  • 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: Looking out for lapwings

    Posted on behalf of Michael MacDonald, Senior Conservation Scientist. In 2012 and 2013, the RSPB has been involved (in partnership with the GWCT) in a project investigating whether fallow plots that have been put in place under agri-environment schemes are effective in increasing the number of chicks...