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Farmland wildlife is in decline.

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.

Thanks to your support, our 'say yes to wildlife-friendly farming' campaign has made a real impression.

Each Government around the UK has now decided how they will spend on their farming and land management budgets for the next seven years and we're starting to hear the results. 

Together the Westminster, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish governments received an overwhelming 16,445 messages from you, alongside more than 23,400 votes in our poll. Your call to invest in a countryside richer in nature really got through. Thank you all for your support.

The amounts of money being dedicated within these budgets to help farmers tackle the declines in our wildlife vary in each country, ranging from the maximum possible in Wales but a missed opportunity to do more in Scotland – keep an eye out on our blogs to find out how we handed in the results of the poll and what the decisions mean for farmland wildlife where you live.

Thank you for saying 'yes' to wildlife-friendly farming

What you can do

Our governments must next decide the design of the new wildlife-friendly farming schemes across the UK. Watch this space to find out how you can have your say.

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Countryside memories

Farmers Gwyn Thomas and Chris Skinner share with us the work they are doing to help reverse the loss of wild species on their farms.

James Bucher

Farmland wildlife is in decline. I do what I can on my farm, but I need the help and support of government and the EU to create and manage areas for public benefit. Without these funds many farmers will not be able to help farm wildlife and as a result some of the most beautiful wildlife and countryside will change irreversibly for the worse.

James Bucher, farmer from Suffolk