Trials of potential solutions to farmland bird decline, RSPB Hope Farm

Hope Farm –LEAF Open Farm Sunday

Hope Farm: demonstrating wildlife-friendly farming in East Cambridgeshire since 2000.

A rare, once a year opportunity to visit Hope Farm as a part of LEAF's Open Farm Sunday on 9 June 2019. Open Farm Sunday is a chance to visit the farm, see the work that we do, and even meet some of the wildlife that makes Hope Farm its home.

The farm

A combine harvester at RSPB Hope Farm
We took over Hope Farm in 2000, to demonstrate, research and encourage wildlife-friendly farming. We’re showing how it’s possible to run a successful farming business, that produces food, makes a profit, and is valuable for wildlife as well. At Hope Farm, we’re developing new farming techniques, that we can then share with the rest of the farming community.

Come to Hope Farm on 9 June for Open Farm Sunday.

You'll find out about the work we do within and outside of Hope Farm to provide a home for wildlife on farmland. Plus, we have lots of activities for all ages, fantastic hot food in support of our local Scout group, invertebrate hunts, arts and crafts, guided walks, tractor rides, farm animals and much more. 

Kids' activities

At Open Farm Sunday, you’ll have the chance to go on butterfly expeditions, build a worm home and take part in a nature treasure hunt with prizes. If that sounds like your sort of thing, there’s stacks more to do with the RSPB’s Wild Challenge. It’s a great way to help wildlife, enjoy nature, and have fun – and you’ll win some awards too. Have you got what it takes to achieve gold?

Food and wildlife

Farming for wildlife makes perfect sense. To produce food in a sustainable way, we need to make sure that we’re looking after wildlife too. In many cases wildlife helps us to produce our crops as well as to keep a stable ecosystem.

We need a farming system where essential pollinators such as bees can thrive, this in turn means that our crops that require pollination can produce higher yields. We also need to support the insects that help control pests and diseases. Furthermore, nearly all insects are an important food source for birds. A healthy home for wildlife means healthy soil, which then creates both a healthy home for wildlife and sustainable food for us.

Thank you

We have shown that farming for wildlife works.

Since 2000, we’ve seen a staggering 226% increase in our breeding farmland birds, and, on average, 15 times more wintering farmland birds.

Our successes at Hope Farm are all down to our supporters. Thank you so much for supporting our wildlife-friendly farm. Your support enables us to research and demonstrate for a change on agriculutural policy, helping us to secure a future of sustainable farming. 

If you would like to make a difference to the farming industry and support Hope Farm, click on the link below. Thank you.

Environment-friendly farming

Open Farm Sunday is the UK farming industry’s annual open day, organised by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming).

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