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  • Blog Post: Why Meat Free Mondays are a must for food security and climate change

    Lucy Bjorck, RSPB Senior Agriculture Policy Officer Food security means different things to different people. To a subsistence farmer in a developing country it means producing enough food for their family for a year. For a low wage worker it means having cash to buy enough healthy food to feed the...
  • Blog Post: Third time unlucky and yet...

    Jim Densham RSPB Senior Land Use Policy Officer, Climate Last week the Scottish Government announced that Scotland had once again missed an annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target – as set out in Scotland’s Climate Act. scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/06/5527/0 If that...
  • Blog Post: Spiralling climate risks to emerging economies

    Nearly one-third of the world's economy by 2025 will be in countries at the greatest risk climate change, says risk consultancy Maplecroft, highlighting the global impact of countries vulnerable to climate change. Its latest annual Climate Change and Risk Atlas is based on Maplecroft's Climate...
  • Blog Post: Pests and marine species moving faster than terrestrial wildlife

    Land based wildlife seems to be responding more slowly to climate change than both life in the oceans, and agricultural pests and diseases, suggest two papers in Nature Climate Change. A new synthesis of observed changes in marine biodiversity reports widespread and systematic shifts which show remarkable...
  • Blog Post: Scrubbing up for turtle doves

    Continuing our look at the plight of the turtle dove this week, Jacqui Weir , Woodland Biodiversity Advisor, shares her experiences of taking part in vital research to help identify the causes of their decline - the first step in finding the solution to save our most threatened farmland bird. ...
  • Blog Post: Climate challenges farmers – who mustn’t forget our farmland wildlife

    Ellie Crane, RSPB Agriculture Policy Officer Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers Union (NFU) has gone on record as saying that climate change is the biggest threat facing UK farming. He points out that though farmers may be able to adapt to gradual changes in temperature, extreme weather...
  • Blog Post: Biofuels – a u-turn at last?

    For the last couple of years, the RSPB and many other NGOs have been campaigning against biofuel targets. One of my favourite moments was when we ran this advert in the national press. Great ad, made even better by the fact that a complaint to the Advertising Standards Agency about it was rejected...
  • Blog Post: Climate change and farming – more than just more carbon dioxide

    Guest blog from Ellie Crane, RSPB Agriculture Policy Officer Arable farming is arguably one of the economic sectors most sensitive to climate change. It is also a very versatile sector: farmers have always had to respond to change. Modern farming looks quite different from early agriculture, but one...
  • Blog Post: Will the CAP ever fit?

    Photo credit Andy Hay Politicians are skilled in the art of compromise. And yet we all know the truth about compromise – it satisfies no one. Our European institutions, namely, the Council(of Ministers from across the EU), Commission and Parliament, are now in the middle of trying to reach a...
  • Blog Post: Scottish agriculture: a vision for the future

    I spend a lot of my time talking to farmers, landowners and crofters – and sometimes rather more time in rooms with their officials and representatives than seems healthy! The days when the first question was ‘what are you here for’ is long gone. It has been one of my aims as Scottish...
  • Blog Post: Cirl buntings lead the way

    Farmland birds have not had the smoothest ride in recent decades. Populations of skylarks, yellowhammers, lapwings and grey partridges have all been declining for several years. But the fight back may be starting in a tiny far flung corner of the country where a small brown and yellow bird is clawing...
  • Blog Post: Postcard from the Oxford Farming Conference

    Farmers, it is often noted, are early risers. But as well as getting up at the crack of dawn to plough their fields, it seems they also start the new year early - before everyone else has even finished the leftover Christmas pud in fact. Yesterday I returned from the three day Oxford Farming Conference...
  • Blog Post: The true cost of GM food

    The ever controversial issue of GM food has reared its head again in the news this week. The papers have responded to a report from the Food Standards Agency and Defra with stories about the supermarkets ending their GM ban and calls for a proper national debate on the issue . The arguments...
  • Blog Post: Burying our differences for wildlife

    It’s fair to say that we, as conservationists, have sometimes had a tricky relationship with rural landowners. In the past if there has been an argument about wildlife in the British countryside, the RSPB and the CLA (Country Land and Business Association) were often to be found on opposite...
  • Blog Post: Food for Thought

    So what are you having for dinner tonight? Something adventurous from Jamie Oliver’s latest bestselling cookbook? A quick and easy supermarket frozen meal? Or maybe it’s fish and chips night in your house this evening. Whatever you’re eating there’s one thing you can be...
  • Blog Post: Corn buntings show farmers the way

    I’ve spent quite a bit of time in a cold muddy field in Bedfordshire this week. Why? Well I did ask myself that a couple of times as I rubbed my frozen hands. But then a large flock of corn buntings would take off from amongst the stubble and dart nervously towards the cover of trees and...
  • Blog Post: What future does farming hold?

    British farmers should not expect a future free from regulation if they are going to tackle food security and environmental challenges, according to RSPB conservation director Mark Avery. This remark was made in response to a question from a farmer in the audience who was keen to see regulations...