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Rumours and speculation?
Yesterday I highlighted the threats to Pillar 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy. The rumours that Pillar 2 may be scrapped are continuing to circulate – you may have seen me on the BBC (about 22 mins in) yesterday talking about it. Some of the journalists we spoke to approached the EU Commission...
22 Jun 2011
Speaking up for nature
At times it’s felt like we’ve dominated the BBC this week! It’s been so ‘newsworthy’, today I’m going to reflect on some of our main stories from the past few days. We have been completely floored by the rumour circulating in Brussels that funding for wildlife-friendly...
24 Jun 2011
A message to European Heads of State: don't cut the life from our countryside
Over the past 40 years Europe has lost 300 million birds and in just the past 15 years we have lost 70% of European grassland butterflies. Farmland wildlife remains in crisis. Following proposals released yesterday, the situation will get a lot worse unless leaders show an enlightened approach to EU...
15 Nov 2012
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...
25 Apr 2013
Where does the EU budget deal leave Scotland's wildlife and farmers?
Where does the EU budget deal leave Scotland’s wildlife and farmers? Heads of State, including Prime Minister David Cameron, reached agreement on the EU Budget last Friday. This agreement sets out overall spending on the Common Agricultural Policy and will, in due course, determine just how...
12 Feb 2013
Let's support farmers who do more for nature
Vicki Swales, Head of Land Use Policy, on High Nature Value farming and the wildlife that depends on it. Let's support farmers who do more for nature Machair by Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com). You’re walking in the countryside, across farmland. Your senses are under attack. Under...
5 Jun 2013
Sustainable wildlife friendly farming is top of my Christmas wish list
The festive season is fast approaching and thoughts turn inevitably to Christmas wish lists and the gifts we’d like to buy for our loved ones. Children everywhere are penning, texting and maybe even tweeting their most wanted lists to Santa, as anxious parents examine their bank accounts and decide...
4 Dec 2013
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