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: Working together to restore nature on farmland
Guest blog by Shelley Abbott, Fair to Nature Technical Facilitator, RSPB The twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change are increasingly forefront in the news. Especially here in the UK with COP26 just days away! But are they separate crises...Posted 08/10/2021 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: Volunteer Monitoring of Farm Wildlife
Guest blog by Jenny Atkins, Agriculture Advice Project Manager During the last year in Cambridgeshire initially, we have been working on an inspirational scheme that trains participants to monitor a wide range of farm wildlife, provides multi-taxa su...Posted 02/09/2021 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: Carbon and agroforestry at Hope Farm - new project underway
Guest blog by Sophie Mott, Carbon Farming Project Manager and Georgie Bray, Hope Farm Manager Why are we interested in Carbon at Hope farm? Recently, hard to read science underlined the ever-closing gap in our opportunity to halt the increase in temp...Posted 02/09/2021 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: Valuing Our Peatland - Environmental and societal benefits delivered through peatland restoration
Guest blog by Jonathan Bell, Head of Land and Sea Policy, RSPB NI and Ruairi Brogan, Policy Officer - Sustainable Agriculture, RSPB NI In Northern Ireland, peatland covers 24.6% of our land area and represent some of our most iconic landscapes. When ...Posted 01/09/2021 by Kathryn Smith