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: Agriculture Bill – things are about to get real
Tom Lancaster, Principal Policy Officer, provides an update on the Agriculture Bill This week, the Government’s new Agriculture Bill will get its second reading in the Commons. As the first opportunity for MPs to debate the Bill, and all that it mean...Posted 09/10/2018 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: Squeaky bum time for farming and wildlife
By Tom Lancaster - Principal Policy Officer, Agriculture for the RSPB As conservationists, we’re sometimes accused of being hyperbolic, evoking the threat of ecosystem collapse in every tweet, blog or magazine article. With recent studies suggesting ...Posted 23/08/2018 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: Movement on rural policy in Scottish Government
A Scottish Government consultation on a transition to a new rural policy closed last week. The theme was ‘Stability and Simplicity’, setting out plans to make the next few years as smooth as possible for land managers and rural businesses as we trans...Posted 17/08/2018 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: A hard year for crops and wildlife means early preparation for winter at Hope Farm
Blog post by Derek Gruar , Senior Research Assistant, RSPB Centre for Conservation Science and Georgie Bray, Hope Farm's Assistant Manager. Farming is a rewarding but very challenging test of resilience for many reasons. This year has been particular...Posted 16/08/2018 by Kathryn Smith