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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...
3 Dec 2012
Showing MEPs how farming and nature conservation can go hand in hand
Over the summer months, the RSPB has met with many MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) to discuss topics as varied as seabird by-catch from fishing fleets to biodiversity in the UK’s overseas territories. For two MEPs in July, the focus of our meetings was to demonstrate how farming and...
16 Aug 2011
Playing by the rules...
Many of you will have followed the NFU annual conference last week and seen the Government’s long-awaited response to the Farming Regulation Task Force, chaired by Richard MacDonald. In it, the Government accepted most of the panel’s 220 recommendations, which aim to cut red tape in the agriculture...
28 Feb 2012
Latest news on neonics
The debate over neonicotinoids continues, with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently publishing a scientific opinion on the risks posed by three of the main neonicotinoids on the market. For anyone not familiar with the subject: neonicotinoids are a group of pesticides widely used in...
17 Jan 2013
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
Budget cuts hits Scottish farmers
RSPB Scotland warns the countryside will suffer after yesterday's announcement that the Scottish Government's Spending Review will cut a further £10m from agri-environment budgets. Read what Stuart Housden, RSPB Scotland Director had to say here ...
22 Sep 2011
Want to help shape the future of food and farming in England?
Well now you can! Visit Defra’s new Green Food Project discussion forum and let them know what you think on topics including waste, diet, the role of new technology and how we should manage our land to produce a healthy environment as well as food. In the Natural Environment White Paper , the...
14 Mar 2012
6 get out in the countryside
The agriculture policy team at the lodge spend much of their time in meetings in Defra offices, sat at our desks, or on trains to Brussels. So the opportunity to get out on farms and talk to farmers is something we all relish. So it was that when Stephen and Lynn Briggs asked us to come and visit Whitehall...
5 Aug 2011
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...
20 Sep 2013
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...
23 Sep 2013
Getting ready for the neonics ban at Hope Farm, and lessons so far
The much-debated restrictions on neonicotinoid seed treatments will begin this December. The RSPB supports the ban but shares the concern expressed by many that farmers may resort to using greater amounts of other pesticides. Like farmers across the country we at Hope Farm are reviewing our pest management...
28 Oct 2013
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