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.
New project in Wales will use grazing to improve habitats for wildlife
Guest post by Rhys Evans, Policy Officer, RSPB Cymru Work is underway in Wales to restore an endangered section of our countryside - the Celtic rainforest. The Celtic Rainforests are regarded as the ‘temperate rainforests’ of Europe, owing to their o...Posted 04/02/2019 by Kathryn Smith
Autumn Influences at Hope Farm
Sophie Mott, Research intern at Hope Farm, provides an overview of the 2018 Autumn visits. January on the farm is a little quieter than the busy autumn preceding it. Which makes it a good time to reflect on autumnal visits to the farm, where organisa...Posted 31/01/2019 by Kathryn Smith
Catch us on Countryfile: hope for winter farmland birds
Post from Georgie Bray, Hope Farm manager Tune into Countryfile this Sunday to find out how Hope Farm uses simple solutions to tackle a landscape scale problem for winter farmland bird survival... you don't want to miss it! Combatting the cold At thi...Posted 11/01/2019 by Kathryn Smith
Big boots to fill at Hope Farm
A new era starts at Hope Farm, with a new Farm Manager in place to oversee our continuing commitment to testing, trialling and demonstrating wildlife-friendly farming practices. Georgie Bray looks back over the progress on the farm in recent years, a...Posted 18/12/2018 by Kathryn Smith