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.
Food and farming that’s Fair to Nature
Fair to Nature is the only UK farm scheme to deliver the scale of land management wildlife requires to thrive. Find out more about this gold standard for nature-friendly farming and how it is helping farmers to create and manage diverse and successfu...Posted 03/06/2021 by Kathryn Smith
Review of Agri-Food must work for Nature
Northern Ireland’s Agri-Food Sector can play a pivotal role in addressing the nature and climate nature and climate emergency, at the same time as providing economic opportunities for rural communities and supporting healthier, sustainable diets. An ...Posted 26/05/2021 by Kathryn Smith
Sharing farmer knowledge across the farming sector on ways to work with nature to reduce pesticide use – IPM survey.
Guest blog by Steph Morren, Senior Policy Officer Take the survey here Increasingly, farmers and other land managers are looking for ways to reduce their reliance on pesticides. This is due to a number of reasons including concern for the environmen...Posted 25/05/2021 by Kathryn Smith
What the outcomes from the Welsh and Scottish elections mean for making our food system more nature friendly
Guest blog from Andrew Stark, Land Use Policy Offer RSPB Scotland and Rhys Evans, Policy Officer RSPB Cymru Scotland A new Parliament On May 6th, Scotland voted in a new Parliament and Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). There were 129 seats u...Posted 24/05/2021 by Kathryn Smith