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  • Blog Post: Nine ladies dancing

    I can’t exactly explain what makes me smile about the term ‘waggle dance’, but somehow its inherently amusing. But it is also fascinating; the waggle-dance is a figure-of-eight dance the honey bee uses to tell other members of the hive where to find food, water or a new housing location...
  • Blog Post: Weathering the weather

    By Derek Gruar, Senior Researcher, Hope Farm One of the core tasks here at Hope Farm is monitoring the numbers of birds that are actually using the farm. In summer this requires walking the farm boundaries and recording birds that are seen and heard onto maps. Compared to winter this is straight...
  • Blog Post: LIFE under the spotlight

    What do you get if you mix an enthusiastic and dedicated bunch of farmers, volunteers and RSPB staff and stick them in front of an international audience from across the agriculture sector for a day? Lots of interesting discussions, real insight to the value of our farmland conservation work and plenty...
  • Blog Post: A year in partnership

    By Bruce Fowkes, Corporate Partnerships Farm Adviser It is now a year since the RSPB joined forces with Tesco in the Together for Trees project, which has been raising funds to help save threatened rainforests around the world. As a spin off from this, we have also been working a bit closer to...
  • Blog Post: On the second day of Christmas.......

    My true love sent to me two turtle doves (are you singing it in your head yet?). I prefer my birdlife in the wild, but these are two turtle doves that I would accept in my hands with great pleasure! Cally Higginbotham, a fabulous chocolatier from Chesterfield, visited Malta, where she discovered...
  • Blog Post: If you haven't seen it yet....

    Check out Martin Harper's blog today - a guest post from Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman, talking about the UK Government's ambitions for reform of the Common Agriculture Policy. Interesting stuff......
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year one and all!

    The turn of the calendar year is often marked by a review of the year that has drawn to a close. Thinking back across the last 12 months, I’ve decided to share just one thing from 2012. It’s an article by Fenland farmer Matthew Naylor. You can read it here . Why did I choose this? ...
  • Blog Post: Love actually

    I can gladly and in a rather proud and manly way say; I have never seen the film 'Love Actually' nor do I necessarily wish to (not even secretly!) but ‘apparently’ the film begins with a voiceover from David played by Hugh Grant commenting that whenever he gets gloomy with the state...
  • Blog Post: How proud are we of our wildlife friendly farmers in Northern Ireland?

    The answer is very!!! So much so that farmers from here have snatched the public vote and won the Nature of Farming Award for the past two years running, and now I am wondering if this year we can do it again? Visiting the applicant’s for this year’s awards farms, to judge them, took us to...
  • Blog Post: Hope Farm: Twelve years of hard work, learning and great success

    2012 is a truly auspicious year in Britain, with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and a certain sporting event that cannot be named for legal reasons. But it is also an auspicious year in the sleepy Cambridgeshire hamlet of Knapwell, home to Hope Farm , the RSPB’s 180 hectare arable farm. Changing...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate with a nice Burgandy!

    Much as I'm partial to a nice drop of wine, this time I'm talking about a butterfly. The Duke of Burgundy is a pretty little fritillary that lives on grassland or woodland clearings, mostly in central-southern England. It's range has substantially declined in recent decades, but in...
  • Blog Post: “Digging for Wildlife”: The Economics of Food Security

    Increases in food prices have raised consumer concerns around the affordability of food and our future food security. In today's blog, RSPB Environmental Economist Donal McCarthy tells us what recent trends in food prices might mean for food security and wildlife, both in the UK and more widely....
  • Blog Post: We’ve found Northern Ireland’s Wildlife Ambassadors 2012!

    By Hayley Sherwin, Volunteer and Farmer Alliance Project Officer, Northern Ireland With the action of farmers across Northern Ireland, we are working towards safeguarding farmland wildlife for future generations. After visiting farms as part of the judging process for the RSPB Telegraph Nature of...
  • Blog Post: Want practical advice on how to build wildlife conservation into your farm management?

    Come on an RSPB training course! Whether you're an arable farmer who wants to get the best from your agri-environment scheme , or an advisor looking to help clients to integrate conservation into their land management, we can offer you expert training at various locations around the country. Courses...
  • Blog Post: Caravan of love

    I have childhood memories of long hot journeys to summer holidays in Cornwall. Our small stuffy car was packed to the gunwales with my gran, 2 parents, us three kids and one dog. My Dad would groan and complain bitterly when we got stuck behind a caravan on the single carriageway roads. Our car was not...
  • Blog Post: A difficult cropping year at Hope Farm

    The weather dictates everything in farming whether you are an arable or livestock farmer. For us as an arable farm cultivations, spraying operations and harvesting are all at the mercy of the weather. Crop growth is also very much affected by the weather. © Andy Hay, RSPB Images When wheat...
  • Blog Post: Confused by the complex EU budget issues?

    Then check our Martin Harper's blog today . And if you haven't called for David Cameron to vote for nature yet - do it now here . There's still time to make a difference.
  • Blog Post: More on Martin's blog

    Yesterday I recommended reading Martin's blog for our views on predation. Check it out again today for more news about predation and the fortunes of some of our wonderful - but waning - waders, and the impact of agrienvironment schemes. Redshank: Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)
  • Blog Post: LIFE after (budget talks) death

    Rob Kynaston, Nature of Farming Award finalist 2011, and committed wildlife-friendly farmer The collapse of the EU budget talks in Brussels last week was no real surprise – and hopefully (as some commenting on Martin Harper’s blog on Friday said), it will allow more time to develop a better...
  • Blog Post: A CAPital message

    What do Londoners know about farming? In many cases the answer will be 'not a lot'. But collectively city dwellers hold a great deal of power over our farmed environment, simply because so much of our population lives in urban areas. They can influence our countryside both through their...
  • Blog Post: What’s your beef?

    Some wrongly label extensive livestock farming systems as ‘inefficient’. A case study of the livestock farming system on one of our upland reserves highlights that these systems can provide a lot more than first meets the eye. Following a successful day at last year's ‘National...
  • Blog Post: Our latest views on CAP reform

    Read the latest about our views on CAP reform on Martin's blog here
  • Blog Post: Ten lords a leaping

    The leap-tastic hare is an obvious choice for the tenth day of Christmas. I’ve read that they can leap an impressive 2m, but I also discovered (according to Wikipedia ) that hares were a traditional gift of love. Perfect for this season of goodwill! The brown hare is a shy creature that thrives...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Keeping yourself grounded

    By Nick Tomalin, Wessex Farmland Projects Manager Image courtesy of RSPB Images. Spreading hedge parsley. As an enthusiastic nine year old I was always looking up. Partly this was down to a cheery disposition, partly because I was shorter than everyone else at that age, and partly it was due...