The wildlife and workings of Hope Farm
Find out more about Hope Farm and why we are interested in farming, read the latest updates from the farm, and see how our work is benefiting the birds and wildlife that make lowland farms their home.
About the farm
In 2000, we purchased Hope Farm, an arable farm in Cambridgeshire. It is contract farmed by one of our neighbouring farmers.
Bird numbers taking off
Since 2000, we have seen a steady rise in numbers of arable farmland birds breeding at Hope Farm.
Setting a baseline
In our first two years, we collected baseline data on the farm’s wildlife in order for us to see the effects of our experimental techniques.
Lots to learn from where birds are found on a farm this winter
This last winter has been an interesting one at Hope Farm to see how farm management, the weather, and the interactions between these factors impact farmland birds. Last summer was a hard one for growing spring cereals with the dry weather, and we pr...Posted 06/03/2019 by Kathryn Smith
Fire and managed burning in the English uplands
Record high temperatures in late February have led to countryside fires in a number of areas right across the UK. Fiery images have made media headlines and led, especially at the time of year when managed burning is allowed, to heated discussion abo...Posted 04/03/2019 by Kathryn Smith
What are Scottish producers’ perspectives on a Good Food Nation?
Guest post from Anna Brand, Land Use Policy Officer for RSPB Scotland, explains more about an important opportunity for Scottish producers to engage with a new consultation from the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government are currently asking fo...Posted 02/03/2019 by Kathryn Smith
Help woodland wildlife with the Woodland Wildlife Toolkit
If you have woodland on the farm, managing it for wildlife is now easier thanks to the Woodland Wildlife Toolkit, a new web-based support tool for woodland managers, agents and advisers across Great Britain. Find out more(read more)Posted 01/03/2019 by Kathryn Smith