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  • Forum Thread: Hope Farm Expansion

    Having contributed when Hope Farm was set up, I've paid attention to progress over the years. I'm very pleased that Hope Farm has been profitable while supporting wildlife, (in some years it looks like it would even have been profitable without subsidies!). Given that it is so successful, are...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: While stocks last..

    Fancy filling your belly for free? If like me you are a frugal type and not easily embarrassed, this is the time of year to scour Fen roadsides. Lorries piled to the brim with spuds, onions and carrots are trundling back and forth as fast as they can go from the field to the packing plant. You can...
  • Blog Post: Make your voice heard

    By Vicki Swales, Head of Land Use Policy, RSPB Scotland Does Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment in Scotland, want the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to promote greener farming? Or does he need some gentle persuading? On past performance, we think the...
  • Blog Post: 938 million reasons to love wildlife-friendly farmers

    On Friday we held our annual RSPB breakfast at the Oxford Farming Conference . It is a great chance to talk to people from across the agricultural industry, and celebrate the efforts of wildlife-friendly farmers all across the UK. Our Chief Executive, Mike Clarke, was joined by Bill Jordan, cofounder...
  • Blog Post: Pumpkin-tatstic!

    I've got some great news to share, and Halloween seems the perfect time to share it. Halloween of course marks the zenith of the short pumpkin season, and I know a number of farmers that really grow pumpkins for their community, rather than making much profit. They see their friends and neighbours...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Final stretch for CAP reform but fears over green credentials

    The last few months have seen a flurry of activity on CAP reform and the next few months should see the deal sealed. But what has actually happened and what are the prospects for a ‘greener’ policy? March was a particularly busy month. Almost 18 months after the European Commission released...
  • 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: Is modulation fair?

    Check out Martin Harper's blog today to read our thoughts on the NFU's Fair Deal for Farmers.
  • 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: 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: Our latest views on CAP reform

    Read the latest about our views on CAP reform on Martin's blog here
  • Blog Post: My way is the flyway

    Just returned from the Birdfair this last weekend, a three day event with the aim of raising as much money for conservation projects around the world. Both Inspiring and fantastic! Described as the birdwatcher’s Glastonbury, The British Birdwatching Fair is jointly organised by the Leicestershire...
  • Blog Post: A practical guide to helping farmland wildlife....by farmers

    Have you ever meet someone for the first time and just start talking as if you have known them for years? At a party, social evening or down on the farm? That is what exactly happened when I met Charlie Moores of Talking Naturally down on a farm in the Cambridgeshire Fens, when I was fortunate enough...
  • Blog Post: Farmer Breakfast at Stormont

    Guest blog by John Martin, Conservation Manager - Policy and Advocacy, Northern Ireland Headquarters RSPB Northern Ireland recently hosted a ‘Farmer Breakfast’ for over 75 guests in Parliament buildings on the Stormont Estate. This was an opportunity to celebrate the great work of our...
  • Blog Post: 9 out of 10 (farm) cats

    Earlier this year Farmers Guardian reported the results of a survey showing that almost 9 out of 10 farmers agree that environmental management and wildlife conservation are important parts of their farm management. You won’t be surprised that it’s something we whole-heartedly agree with...
  • Blog Post: Will David Cameron vote for wildlife friendly farming at next week's EU Budget summit?

    It's a million dollar question, or rather a trillion euro question, because the deal that might get done at next week's EU Budget summit (7-8 Feb) will have huge implications for how much funding is available for nature conservation and wildlife friendly farming schemes from 2014 onwards. ...
  • Blog Post: EU Budget - Disaster averted...but still fails the environment

    Unlike normal people, who spend their Wednesday evenings enjoying a free ticket to the cinema, the Agriculture Policy nerds at the RSPB have spent the last 12 hours or so digesting and interpreting the EU budget proposals for the period 2014-2020, which were announced last night. As many of you will...
  • Blog Post: A poor situation

    Did you see the Daily Telegraph this morning? They reported some stark figures from the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI; a charity that provides support for farmers in need throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland). RABI have shown that many farmers are facing severe poverty...
  • Blog Post: Do you have a minute?

    Really, this will only take a minute, it’s free and will help us to help wildlife-friendly farmers . And you might win a prize! So what’s not to like? With CAP reform looming and potential changes to the support these schemes get from the CAP budget, we’d really like to know what...
  • Blog Post: Farmers speak out

    The battle to save vital agrienvironment schemes continues - see Martin Harper's blog today to read what farmers are saying to David Cameron. And don't forget to sign the petition on www.rspb.org.uk/steppingup to help wildlife-friendly farmers if you haven't already - today is your last...
  • Blog Post: A hot debate

    “ Is modern farming harming the countryside? ” That was the topic up for debate at last week’s Cereals event. Our Conservation Director, Martin Harper, took to the stage alongside Peter Kendall ( NFU President); Graeme Matravers (Chair, Soil Association Farmer and Grower Board) and...
  • Blog Post: The EU Budget: why we can’t afford not to invest in the environment

    By Jenna Hegarty, Senior Agriculture Policy Officer Later this month (22-23 November), EU leaders, including Prime Minister David Cameron, will convene in Brussels to discuss, and potentially decide, the EU Budget for the 2014-2020 period. Big money is at stake – a whopping €7 trillion...