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  • Blog Post: Big Farmland Bird Count identification workshops

    Farmland birds have been in decline for several decades, mainly due to changes in the way we farm. Some of the species that have declined are real icons of our countryside: grey partridge, lapwing, turtle dove, skylark and yellowhammer. Hearing skylarks singing in the spring and the purring of turtle...
  • Blog Post: Farming for the Future

    Guest blog from Darren Moorcroft, Head of Species and Habitats Conservation Every year in January, Oxford is inundated by farmers flocking to the two annual conferences which are now held there. It’s an opportunity to discuss existing challenges and set the new agenda for the coming year. ...
  • Blog Post: New research demonstrates healthy balance between food production and environmental benefits

    Guest Blog from Dr Rob Field , Senior Conservation Scientist, RSPB Centre for Conservation Science A while ago, a and I colleague wrote a short piece about some work we’d done examining the relative societal benefits of land in the east Anglian fens under a nature reserve compared to its being...
  • Blog Post: Trending at Hope Farm

    None of those who work at Hope Farm are social media junkies, but yet we cannot completely escape that world. Whether we’re exposed to Twitter, Facebook or even the BBC we see this term ‘trending’ everywhere. Yet, trends as opposed to trending are very important to us. They give...
  • Blog Post: Hope for China

    Over a year we have a very wide range of visitors to Hope Farm as I previously blogged about. The vast majority of visitors come from England as you might expect for a farm on the outskirts of Cambridge. Occasionally however we receive visitors from much further afield, and this morning we were very...
  • Blog Post: Calling all farmers - Get involved at the Oxford Real Farming Conference

    Do you have a brilliant idea for the future direction of your farm business or even a farming sector that you would like to discuss with a panel of experts? At the forthcoming Oxford Real Farming Conference , the RSPB are asking farmers to showcase their innovative business opportunities that benefit...
  • Blog Post: What do we want...?

    As conservation policy advocates, my colleagues and I spend a lot of time debating the finer points of UK and EU policies. What percentage of the Pillar 1 CAP budget should be modulated to Pillar 2; how should agri-environment spending be targeted; what rules should be part of cross compliance? Important...
  • Blog Post: Why farming matters to conservation and RSPB Scotland

    With over 75% of the UK land area being farmed, farming has a huge impact on all our lives and on the wildlife that calls farmland its home. RSPB works closely with farmers all over the UK, and with those that represent them. In this blog Stuart Housden, Director of RSPB Scotland, discusses a reason...
  • Blog Post: Improving and monitoring our soils at Hope Farm

    With 2015 being the International Year of Soils it seems quite appropriate to be starting a new project to improve the condition of the soils at Hope Farm and monitor the soil biodiversity. It is stating the obvious that soils are absolutely key to growing good crops. Well managed soils will drain...
  • Blog Post: Hairstreaks and brocades at Hope Farm

    Much of the biodiversity monitoring that takes place at Hope Farm is focused on birds, as you would expect. Fifteen years of breeding and wintering bird surveys has shown just how well birds have recovered during RSPB ownership and management of this farm. But as we all know birds are just one part of...
  • Blog Post: Open Farm Sunday and other visitors to Hope Farm

    One of the real pleasures of working at Hope Farm is showing visitors around. Many of our visitors are specifically invited due to their areas of work, influence or interest such as the visit by Farming Minister George Eustice MP last autumn at a crucial time during negotiations about future agri-environment...
  • 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: Hope Farm inspiring and helping conservationists across Europe

    Since RSPB bought and started managing Hope Farm in 2000 we have hosted a wide range of visitors, from groups of farmers, industry representatives, government officials, MPs and Ministers. All have come to see how we have successfully halted and reversed the declines of farmland birds and farmland wildlife...
  • Blog Post: Fair to Nature farmers compete for title

    Today, we have a guest blog from Simon Tonkin , Conservation Manager at Conservation Grade. Simon explains a bit more about their Fair to Nature farmers, and asks for your support in celebrating some of the best farmers in a new competition. "By growing under the Fair to Nature protocol, all...
  • Blog Post: Highland highlights

    Two weeks ago RSPB attended the Royal Highland Show (RHS). Here, Chris Bailey, Advisory Manager for RSPB Scotland, reflects on the highlights from the show. The Royal Highland Show (RHS) is one of the focal events of the year for RSPB Scotland. With just under 180,000 visitors attending this year...
  • Blog Post: National Organic Cereals

    Earlier this week I joined a barn full of agricultural folk a few miles outside of Milton Keynes at the National Organic Cereals (NOC) event. Run by Organic Farmers & Growers , this annual get together has proven to be a good place to be for several reasons. But first, why organic? In my experience...
  • 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: Pesticide analysis underlines need for more sustainable farming

    A major review of systemic pesticides – the best known of which are neonicotinoids - led by a range of leading scientists has confirmed these chemicals are already causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial invertebrate species. Additionally the authors have recognised the potential...
  • 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: Opening the farm gates for Open Farm Sunday

    Open Farm Sunday 2014 will soon be upon us. Run by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), the project has seen hundreds of farmers across the UK opening up their farm for one Sunday each year since 2006. It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means...