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Farming, shooting & wildlife - the people getting it right
The subject of farming might at first seem like a bit of a digression for this blog but bear with me – it holds more relevance than you might think. If you haven’t already come across it, the RSPB’s Nature of Farming Award is an annual competition, sponsored by the Daily Telegraph...
31 Aug 2012
Keeping yourself grounded
By Nick Tomalin, Wessex Farmland Projects Manager Image courtesy of RSPB Images. Spreading hedge parsley. As an enthusiastic nine year old I was always looking up. Partly this was down to a cheery disposition, partly because I was shorter than everyone else at that age, and partly it was due...
30 Aug 2012
I spent the past weekend at Birdfair , where every year thousands of wildlife enthusiasts from around the world come to hear fascinating talks, book a wonderful wildlife holiday, find great bargains on gear, art and much more. I was on the RSPB stand, in a positively sweltering marquee, encouraging...
21 Aug 2012
Log jams and early flowering willow take on climate change in the Scottish Borders
From Jim Densham, Senior Land use Policy Officer, RSPB Scotland Anyone guess what this is? Is it a playground climbing frame? Or a 3-Day-Eventing hurdle from the Olympics? No - it’s a bar apex log jam. And it’s a simple, cost effective measure that farmers in the Scottish borders are using...
17 Aug 2012
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
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