The recent State of Nature report highlighted that farmland bird numbers have halved since 1970. If we don't act now, some of our most beautiful countryside and wildlife could be lost forever.

By investing in the countryside and boosting support for farmers who give nature a home, our governments could help wildlife thrive again.

The Governments around the UK decided just before Christmas how they will spend their farming and land management budgets, including funding for schemes which reward wildlife friendly farming, for the next seven years. 

Thanks to your support, our 'say yes to wildlife-friendly farming' campaign made a real impression, but in Northern Ireland the decision sadly fell foul of party politics, leaving support for wildlife-friendly farming the lowest in the whole of Europe. 

Some of the amazing work farmers have done to date could even be destroyed because of these funding cuts, accelerating the loss of our wildlife, rather than turning it around!

This is not acceptable. We need to convince the Executive that the future of sustainable farming and our beautiful local countryside needs to be above these political differences.

The Executive have committed to putting a stop to wildlife losses. Making sure that public money rewards farmers who look after the countryside we all enjoy is one of the biggest ways they can do it. 

Having cut the funds to nothing through in-fighting, Ministers now need to pull together and make up this shortfall of funding to secure the future of sustainable farming and wildlife in our wider countryside.

What you can do

Help us show Ministers the faces of wildlife-friendly farming - retweet our #fundnature photos and tell Ministers what wildlife you'd miss most from our farmland.

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Jack Kelly

As a farmer who cares passionately about nature, I am calling on the Executive to support local wildlife-friendly farmers. The best way to do this is by match-funding the Rural Development Programme and ensuring there is enough money for agri-environment schemes - to help give our wildlife a helping hand.

Jack Kelly from County Down

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