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: What a way to celebrate Open Farm Sunday!
For the last three previous years at Hope Farm, we have celebrated LEAF Open Farm Sunday with additions of new and exciting activities every year. On Sunday we were thrilled to open our gates to around 800 visitors from all around the area. Our aim w...Posted 15/06/2018 by Georgina B
Blog Post: Brexit challenges for farmers and crofters in Scotland
A new report commissioned by the Highlands and Islands Agriculture Support Group highlights the significant challenges that could be faced by farming and crofting communities in the Highlands and Islands, post Brexit. The report assesses the likely i...Posted 08/06/2018 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: A new partner for Farm Wildlife
The Freshwater Habitats Trust have recently joined the Farm Wildlife partnership, bringing the number of participating conservation organisations to nine. They join the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife, Bumble...Posted 07/06/2018 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: Come and see us during show season
As usual, RSPB staff will be in attendance at various shows and events around the UK over the coming months. The Balmoral Show has already taken place (see a round up of the goings-on below), or if you're after some advice, want to share your experie...Posted 05/06/2018 by Kathryn Smith