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.
Top Tips for applying to the Scottish Agri-Environment Climate Scheme
Guest blog by Anna Brand, Land Use Policy Officer, RSPB Scotland The Agri-environment Climate Scheme (or AECS) began accepting applications for its 2018 round on January 17th. The scheme compensates and/or incentivises farmers and crofters for managi...Posted 07/02/2018 by Jamie Wyver
The Cirl Bunting Conservation Project
Guest blog by Cirl Bunting Project Manager Cath Jeffs My first encounter with cirl buntings was as a student studying Conservation Management in the 1980s. A group of us were on a birding trip and heading to Penzance. We took a detour to Prawle Point...Posted 29/01/2018 by Jamie Wyver
The twite aren’t alright
England Twite Recovery Project Officer Katie Aspin talks about how the RSPB is working with farmers in the South Pennines to reverse the fortunes of twite. Twite are hardy seed eating finches that live in remote upland and coastal areas, mainly in Sc...Posted 24/01/2018 by Jamie Wyver
Science at Hope Farm: making a difference for bees - guest blog by Sophie Chaudhari
I am a BA Zoology third year undergraduate student at Anglia Ruskin University, with a keen interest in understanding how organisms interact within their environment. During the summer of 2017, I conducted a study to find out how bees are effected by...Posted 12/01/2018 by Jamie Wyver