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  • Blog Post: A year in the life of the corn bunting on Lower Pertwood Farm Part 1 - Spring and Summer

    As we welcome the official start of spring and all its wildlife glory, we'll be looking through the eyes of the corn bunting over the next couple of days, courtesy of some dedicated effort by farmers and RSPB staff in the South West of England. Today, we focus on spring and summer, but look out for...
  • Blog Post: Back to the Future at Hope Farm

    I grew up in Belfast when DeLorean cars were being made. Of course these cars were made infamous by the series of Back to the Future films of that era. While the films look dated now, the idea of time travel is still something we often dream about. I certainly dream about it. What did the Fens...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Introducing...

    Hello! My name’s Sam and I’m the new Turtle Dove Conservation Advisor, part of the Operation Turtle Dove partnership project. I’ll be working with farmers and landowners across Essex and Suffolk to create and maintain suitable habitat in an area which is a stronghold for the remaining...
  • Blog Post: Spotlight on Scotland: Part 3

    Over the last couple of days I've taken you East and North in this virtual tour of our work with farmers and crofters in Scotland. Today is our final stop - where we hear from projects in South and West Scotland.... Clyde Valley Wader Initiative The Upper Clyde Valley is one of the most important...
  • Blog Post: Come and see us this summer!

    This time of year is always a busy period for us - not only are we out visiting farmers, carrying out early morning surveys and (hopefully) enjoying the weather, but it's also show season! This gives us a great opportunity to talk to lots of farmers as well as other advisors and agricultural organisations...
  • 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: 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: 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: How to think like the googly eyed and paranoid

    I attended a recent cultivation trial event for creating stone-curlew nesting habitat, I was there and it was very good and extremely thought provoking, Andrew Holland RSPB Brecks Farm Conservation Officer tells the story of the days events below. Andrew Holland RSPB Brecks Farm Conservation Officer...
  • 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: Mind the (Hungry) Gap

    Is it nearly Spring yet? Well, it depends who you ask. While we patiently hang on for the 21 March, optimistic Celts have already celebrated Imbolc on 1 February. Its arrival was also heralded on 1 February by chicken farmers the world over, as they celebrated the day of their patron saint, St Brigid...
  • Blog Post: Demise of FWAG is a big loss for agriculture

    Thursday 18 th November was a black day for wildlife-friendly farmers, as FWAG went into administration after being the largest supplier of environmental advice to the agriculture sector for the last 42 years. They supported the greatest number of agri-environment scheme applications of any organisation...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Ploughman's Pickle

    By Niki Williamson, Fenland Farmland Bird Adviser We like overwintered stubble in the Fens. It helps prevent the notorious ‘fen blow’, a terrifying local weather phenomenon, where dark clouds of loose peat blast across the countryside like black sandstorms, making it look like the end...
  • Blog Post: Glorious Bustards

    By Andrew Taylor, Great Bustard LIFE+ Project Adviser Thanks to a reintroduction project on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, the great bustard can now be seen on farms in south west England for the first time since the early 19 th Century. Perhaps the UK’s rarest farmland bird, this spectacular...
  • 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...