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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: Cleaner and greener farming?

    Cleaner and greener farming? Yellow flag iris and machair on North Uist. Photo by Genevieve Leaper. What to make of last week’s decisions on CAP implementation in Scotland? That’s decisions about how to spend £4.2 billion of taxpayers money, by the way [1] . In his statement...
  • Blog Post: Action for nature habitats and climate change

    We now know much about how climate change affects wildlife - species such as the Dartford warbler and the bee orchid are moving further north and recent storms have highlighted the vulnerability of coastal and wetland habitats. Yet - how should habitat management respond? A hugely useful practical...
  • Blog Post: Better farming regulation not less

    Better farming regulation not less Farming, like most sectors, is subject to a wide range of rules and regulations but in recent years the industry has made the charge that it is subject to too much ‘red tape and bureaucracy’. In Scotland, this led to the Government asking Brian Pack...
  • Blog Post: Hotspots and Notspots

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer, is back with a new blog on the SRDP. Hotspots and Notspots There are management options for a range of species including corn bunting. Photo by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com). In my previous blog post I discussed how Open grazed and wet grassland for...
  • Blog Post: A guide to being a lapwing

    Senior Land Use Policy Officer, Jim Densham, is asking everyone to imagine being a lapwing. A guide to being a lapwing Photo by Steve Round (rspb-images.com). Imagine you are a lapwing. What do you enjoy as a lapwing? What do you eat, where do you nest, how do you find your food? Here’s...
  • Blog Post: Boosting the budget for wildlife-friendly farming

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer at RSPB Scotland, blogs about the Scotland Rural Development Programme. Boosting the budget for wildlife-friendly farming ‘More money’ is a demand that politicians hear all the time and must get pretty fed up with. But money does matter...
  • Blog Post: £1.3bn for the countryside – how would you spend it?

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer (Climate) at RSPB Scotland, is blogging about the Scotland Rural Development Programme and what it means for farmers, wildlife and nature conservation. £1.3bn for the countryside – how would you spend it? £1.3 billion - that’s...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Farms and Photos - out on the Downs - by Bruce Fowkes

    I am very lucky in that as part of my job I get to spend a lot of time out and about on the South Downs. As Farm Conservation Advisor in the South East, this time is spent working with farmers and landowners to implement conservation measures into their farming systems. As a mixed farming landscape...
  • Blog Post: Farmers are stepping up to give turtle doves a home in the South East, by Hayley New

    Turtle doves are now long gone from the UK, making their long migration to Africa, but this doesn’t mean that we have been sitting on our laurels here at the RSPB. Operation Turtle Dove in the South East has been a hive of activity, focussed around what we are sure can have the biggest positive...
  • 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: Turtle Doves Head South; by Hayley New, South East Agricultural Projects Officer

    Turtle doves are now checking out of the UK to catch some winter sun... Operation Turtle Dove in the South East aims to provide this rare species 5* accommodation upon their return next summer! It is sadly time to say “Bon Voyage” to our iconic turtle doves for another year as they leave...
  • 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: Stone curlew - footage of chicks in Suffolk

    Want to see some footage of stone curlew chicks? Sure you do! Click here to find out more on the Farming blog where there are regular updates of our work relating to farmland birds and other wildlife.
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Tell the PM to vote for nature

    I've just signed this petition on the RSPB website that calls for David Cameron to "vote for nature". Every seven years the European Union decides what to spend our money on. A big chunk of that budget is for agriculture. And a tiny amount of that pays for nature-friendly farming schemes...
  • Blog Post: What role does society expect farmers to play in caring for the countryside- and are farmers in the mood to be custodians of our wildlife?

    What role does society expect farmers to play in caring for the countryside-and are farmers in the mood to be the custodians of our wildlife? I am worried that all the efforts of those in the farming community to help address declines in wildlife in the farmed landscape are going to get ‘drowned...
  • Blog Post: Positive farming for waders.

    The other evening I at last visited Alastair and Liz Robb at their Townhead farm a few miles up in the hills above Stirling. Alastair is the second generation of his family on the farm, which they have owned since 1960’s. Alastair runs 1,100 ewes and about 90 suckler cows on the 850Ha of pasture...
  • 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: Thoughts from the Highland Show – probably the biggest Agricultural Showpiece in the UK

    Another Highland Show is over – was it the wettest on record? Certainly the mud splattered condition of my clothes and car would suggest so. But the atmosphere was all warmth – and the range of conversations I had indicated an upbeat mood in the farming, crofting and timber industries. The...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Eagle honesty: a better rap for raptors

    There are days when you really have to wonder about the farming press. Pages have recently been devoted in Scottish farmer, to events wreaked upon the world by birds of prey. In Scotland, thanks to conservation programmes, red kites are making a comeback, a few years behind England and Wales it has been...
  • Blog Post: The migrant birds illegally shot in Malta

    Blog by Tara Proud, RSPB Species Recovery Officer Each spring thousands of migrant birds cross Malta on their way to breeding grounds in Europe, and some of them even choose the UK as their summer home. In Malta, hunting birds is a cultural tradition, and although there are laws in place to govern...