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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...
15 Dec 2014
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...
29 Sep 2014
Spotlight on Scotland: Part 2
Yesterday I introduced you to some of the project work that's going on in the North of Scotland to improve the fortunes of waders, bumblebees and buntings. Today, we travel East to find out what's happening there.... Farmland Bird Lifeline – recovery work for corn buntings in east Scotland...
1 May 2014
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...
3 Feb 2014
Big Farmland Bird Count
Just a reminder that the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust launch their first annual bird count today! All farmers and gamekeepers are invited to join in between now and 7 February - and all you need to do is spend about 30 minutes recording the species and number of birds seen on one particular area...
1 Feb 2014
Summer screams out and Autumn flocks in
Last V&FA Diary of the year: Surveyor – Marcus Nash – North Norfolk , 31st July 2011 I have cut this right to the wire, but I just manage to squeeze in a fourth survey on the farm in the village. Finally, we are getting some warm, dry weather. Sunrise is 5.22am, so the sun has just...
9 Aug 2011
Volunteer & Farmer Alliance- Surveyor Diary 2
Date: 28 April | Surveyor: Marcus Nash | Location: Hall Farm, Norfolk Sunrise Brings Surprises on the East Coast While the forecast doesn’t look great (overcast and a bit windy), it looks even worse for the following few days (wind gusting up to 40mph+!). That being the case, I figure...
9 Jun 2011
Recipe for Success!
Blogger: Niki Williamson, Fenland Farmland Bird Adviser How do you enjoy your new potatoes? I like to keep it simple – get them as fresh as possible, boil them till they’re just cooked, and eat them piping hot, with British butter and mint from the garden – a perfect combination...
29 Jul 2011
Happy snapping at the crack of dawn
While everyone else is away at Cereals (my first year off for a while!) I’d like to take a sneaky moment to share some of my joys from last weekend’s bird surveying (and some doubts over next weekend’s surveys on the coast if this weather continues). I’ve been getting snappy...
16 Jun 2011
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...
18 Jan 2012
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
What is the West Country?
If, like me, you’re not from round ‘ere, then maybe it’s cream teas, ice creams on the beach, the wilds of Dartmoor, or rolling green hills. If you are “south westerly” then you probably have a very different opinion! Actually, for me, and RSPB, the West Country is Cornwall...
30 May 2012
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