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There is such a thing as a free lunch!
By Gavin Thomas, Bowland Wader Project Officer Want to help wildlife thrive on your farm and boost farm income? Read on...... What : Free event – farm management for breeding wading birds When : 11:00 – 15:00, Wednesday 29 August Where : Lower Fairsnape Farm, Bleasdale, Preston,...
14 Aug 2012
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...
8 Aug 2012
Can you spare a few minutes?
As this is the farming blog, I'm guessing that many of you live on or near a farm (though we welcome and encourage everyone interested in farming). If you do live on/near a farm, we're looking for your help. Did you Step Up for Nature by taking part in our annual Wildlife survey ‘Make...
2 Aug 2012
Can you see what it is yet?
Taken at Cereals earlier this year..... in one of the sugar beet plots that had been carefully nurtured to be at it's best for the farming public to scrutinise was a litter of leverets. They seemed unperturbed by the 27,000 strong crowd, and made many people smile. And a smile is always worth sharing...
2 Aug 2012
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...
31 Jul 2012
Giving wildlife a sporting chance
As a certain major sports event opened on Friday, with a spectacular ceremony featuring a pastoral idyll that helped shape our green and pleasant land, my thoughts turned to some of the amazing farm wildlife that share our landscape. A great case could be made for many contenders, but here is my winners...
30 Jul 2012
A sunny outlook
Just in time for the summer weather - solar panels were installed at Hope Farm this week. This is part of a programme across many of the RSPB's offices and reserves (and our one commercial farm!) to help combat climate change. Read more about it here . In action at Hope Farm this week
27 Jul 2012
Unlocking the CAP’s green potential
By Jenna Hegarty, Senior Agriculture Policy Officer The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform negotiations are in full swing and much of the attention has been on controversial ‘greening’ proposals for Direct Payments (Pillar I). So we felt it was high time to shine the spotlight on...
26 Jul 2012
The thrills of Combines and golden fields!
I have to confess I get as excited about the first combine harvester coming into action each summer as I do about the first swallows & swifts arriving back from Africa each spring. While the arrival of the first swallow symbolises the start of summer, and a feat of nature, that this little bird...
24 Jul 2012
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