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  • Blog Post: Improving and monitoring our soils at Hope Farm

    With 2015 being the International Year of Soils it seems quite appropriate to be starting a new project to improve the condition of the soils at Hope Farm and monitor the soil biodiversity. It is stating the obvious that soils are absolutely key to growing good crops. Well managed soils will drain...
  • 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: Hope for the future of agri-environment delivery in England?

    With the successor to the previous agri-environment schemes in England nearing it's final stages of development, Farming Minister George Eustice made a trip to visit the RSPB's Hope Farm earlier this month to see how we've been giving nature a home on the farm. Image: George Eustice...
  • 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: Working together for Nature - our first farming event of 2014!

    Happy New Year! I'm never sure when we should stop saying that, but seeing as this is the first post published in 2014 I feel I can still get away with it, even if it is nearly the middle of January already! The reason for the delay in posting the first update for 2014 is the small matter of Oxford...
  • Blog Post: In case you missed it.....

    Apologies for the delay in bringing this to you. Technology can have its glitches.... But check out Martin's blog yesterday for our thoughts on the latest news on CAP reform.
  • Blog Post: Wildlife needs your voice today!

    Read Martin Harper's blog today to find out the latest news on the proposed EU budget for 2014-2020. Now more than ever before, wildlife-friendly farmers need your support. You can do this by emailing David Cameron before he meets with EU leaders next week. Please share this link with your friends...
  • 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...
  • 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: 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: 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...