About the farm
In 2000, we purchased Hope Farm, an arable farm in Cambridgeshire. It is contract farmed by one of our neighbouring farmers.
About Hope Farm
In previous years, we predominantly grew autumn-sown crops because they were considered to be more profitable. Recently, we have introduced a greater area of spring-sown crops, to help deal with pernicious weed problems and maintain overall profitability.
During the first five years only two crops were grown - wheat and oilseed rape. These were grown in a three-year rotation (wheat - wheat - oilseed rape). The rotation has evolved to take account of market opportunities and help implement a robust integrated pest management programme, so for harvest 2016 we grew winter wheat, spring barley, winter beans, winter linseed and spring millet.
Along with the arable land, there is also permanent pasture, which is grazed by horses and sheep. The soil is predominantly heavy clay.
- Total farm area: 181 hectares
- Area of cropping: 161 hectares - harvest 2010
- Area of pasture: 6 hectares
- Soil type: Hanslope calcareous clay loam and Evesham clay loam
- Smallest field: 0.93 hectares
- Largest field: 34 hectares
- Length of hedgerows: 10.3 kilometres
- Area of woodland: 0.5 hectares
Our farming blog
The future of agriculture in Northern Ireland - A response to the NI Affairs Committee
RSPBNI has partnered with a range of environmental NGOs as part of the NI Nature Matters campaign, which is working together for a nature friendly Brexit in Northern Ireland. Recently, as part of this coalition we responded to the Northern Ireland Af...Posted 24/05/2018 by Kathryn Smith
Survey season underway at Hope Farm
The 2018 season of spring and summer surveys are in full swing at Hope Farm. Read the latest update on the farm monitoring on our Saving Species’ blog herePosted 18/05/2018 by Kathryn Smith
Helping to bring curlews back from the brink: Part 2
Curlews are one of the UK’s most-loved birds and for many farmers and crofters its arrival heralds the start of spring. But sadly, this wading bird is in serious trouble; in the past two decades the UK breeding population has halved, with the most se...Posted 16/05/2018 by Kathryn Smith
Helping to bring curlews back from the brink: Part 1
Curlews are one of the UK’s most-loved birds and for many farmers and crofters its arrival heralds the start of spring. But sadly, this wading bird is in serious trouble; in the past two decades the UK breeding population has halved, with the most se...Posted 15/05/2018 by Kathryn Smith
We're warming up for Open Farm Sunday at Hope Farm!
At Hope Farm we try to show to the general public how it is possible to farm for wildlife throughout the year, as this farm only exists with the fantastic support of our members and we are always looking to spread the good news of Hope Farm far and w...Posted 14/05/2018 by Georgina B
Conservation awards seek nature champions in food and farming
Celebrating excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Scottish nature conservation, the search has begun to find conservation heroes for the RSPB’s Nature of Scotland Awards in association with Scottish Natural Heritage. Among this year’s...Posted 08/05/2018 by Kathryn Smith
How you can help
At Hope Farm, we're developing farming techniques that will benefit wildlife.