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.
Hope Farm: a round up of our farmland breeding birds in 2019 and how we did it!
How did farmland birds fare in 2019 on RSPB's Hope Farm in Cambridgeshire? In this blog, Farm Manager Georgie Bray tells us. A key part of the work we do at Hope Farm is to demonstrate wildlife friendly farming, in terms of its practicalities on the ...Posted 28/09/2019 by Steph Morren
Corncrake: the people's bird
Chris Bailey - RSPB Scotland's Advisory Manager - tells us below how corncrakes have fared in 2019, and why it is so important that we continue to work on conserving them. In the first half of the twentieth century, the corncrake was so widespread th...Posted 27/09/2019 by Steph Morren
Future Agricultural Policy in Wales
A blog by Rhys Evans, Policy Officer for RSPB Cymru. On 9th July 2019 Welsh Government published their Sustainable Farming and our Land consultation which puts forward plans for how farmers will be supported in the future. This consultation follows t...Posted 19/09/2019 by Steph Morren
Making public goods pay – new research shows that at least £3 billion is needed to support nature-friendly farming in the UK
Today, three major conservation organisations – the National Trust, the RSPB, and The Wildlife Trusts – publish landmark independent research on future agriculture policy.(read more)Posted 19/09/2019 by Georgina B