Why farming matters
Just as you depend on the UK's farmland for the food you eat every day, so does much of our wildlife.
The importance of farming in the UK
With around 75 per cent of the UK farmed, you can easily see what a huge influence farming has on nature.
In the post-war era, farming policy encouraged food production above all else, sadly often at the expense of wildlife. The UK now has some of the most sophisticated and productive farming in the world, and food shortages are thankfully a thing of the past.
But over the decades an unintended effect has been a reduction in other countryside qualities which we need and value - wildlife, landscape character, and water and soil quality.
Many farmers are leading the way to address this, showing it's possible to farm in a way which meets our food needs, gives nature a home and supports a diverse and thriving environment.
We think this should be how all food is produced, with farming which is good for people, farmers and nature. Help us change our food system to one which supports a countryside full of birds and other wildlife, which produces all the food we need.
Latest blog posts
Blog Post: 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
Blog Post: 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
Blog Post: 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
Blog Post: Big boots to fill at Hope Farm
Guest post from Georgie Bray The RSPB has seen four different farm managers since purchasing Hope Farm back in the Autumn of 1999. Each manager has brought something new to the role, and the most recent, Ian Dillon, has worked hard here for 6 years. ...Posted 18/12/2018 by Kathryn Smith