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.
Farming with Nature
A blog by Chris Bailey - RSPB Scotland's advisory manager RSPB Scotland has extended its relationship with Soil Association Scotland, Scottish Forestry and Scottish Water to deliver the Farming with Nature Programme for another year. Originally the p...Posted 03/03/2020 by Steph Morren
Curlew: A species on the brink
A blog by Katie Gibb, RSPB's Conservation Officer for Antrim Plateau The curlew is undoubtedly one of the most recognisable UK bird species; it is entrenched and entangled in our stories, its haunting call is the soundscape that captures the essence ...Posted 27/02/2020 by Steph Morren
The importance of soil health
A blog on soil health by Georgie Bray - RSPB's Hope Farm Manager Playing the waiting game! Sitting in the farmhouse office, looking at another day with grey skies and puddles on the patio, you can’t help but wonder how much more rain can fall from th...Posted 16/02/2020 by Steph Morren
Cutting (h)edge management at Hope Farm
In this blog, Paul Cabrisy, research intern at RSPB Hope Farm, explains the importance of hedges and correctly managing them on a farm. Paul also tells us the outcome of a study carried by a masters student who looked at different preferences of farm...Posted 13/02/2020 by Steph Morren