RSPB's Hope farm, at the time of the wheat harvest, Knapwell, Cambridgeshire


Much of the UK's wildlife depends on farmland.

We're working with farmers to find and share practical wildlife-friendly farming techniques.

Farming near you

Farmer feeding Highland cattle out of doors
A look at farming and conservation across the UK, from the problems facing wildlife and farmer, to the solutions and projects which are trying to solve them.

Farming after Brexit

Following the decision in June 2016 for the UK to leave the European Union, major decisions will need to be made about how all governments across the UK support the environment, farming and rural development to replace the Common Agricultural Policy. 

The RSPB, in partnership with leading UK conservation organisations, has called on the government to grasp the opportunity to provide more support to nature-friendly farmers and secure a better future for our countryside. We are currently working with farmers and others with expertise in food, rural development and conservation to achieve this.

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Agriculture and land-use

Our work with government helps develop agricultural policies that support the vital work that nature needs farmers to do.

Hope Farm

A combine harvester at RSPB Hope Farm
To help find ways for modern farming methods and wildlife to co-exist, we bought an arable farm.

EU LIFE+ Farmland bird project

RSPB Cirl Bunting Re-introduction Project. Chris Townend (Cirl Bunting Translocation Project Officer) with a farmer, discussing habitat & farm management, Cornwall

The EU LIFE+ Programme supported our Farmland Bird Project, enabling us to provide free bird surveys, an annual wildlife-friendly farming competition and free practical advice for farmers from specialist experts in their own area.

Find out more about the project and how it’s helped us shape the new advice and support tools we have available for farmers.

Our work with farmers was kindly sponsored by the EU LIFE+ fund between January 2010 and September 2013, safeguarding the future of our farmland birds under the EU Birds Directive.

Nature of Farming Award

Henry Edmunds
For many years, the award promoted the positive work of farmers helping nature thrive on their land.