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: Lots to learn from where birds are found on a farm this winter
Guest post by Georgie Bray, Acting Hope Farm Manager This last winter has been an interesting one at Hope Farm to see how farm management, the weather, and the interactions between these factors impact farmland birds. Last summer was a hard one for g...Posted 06/03/2019 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: Fire and managed burning in the English uplands
Guest post by Dr Pat Thompson, RSPB Senior Policy Officer (uplands) Record high temperatures in late February have led to countryside fires in a number of areas right across the UK. Fiery images have made media headlines and led, especially at the ti...Posted 04/03/2019 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: What are Scottish producers’ perspectives on a Good Food Nation?
Guest post from Anna Brand, Land Use Policy Officer for RSPB Scotland, explains more about an important opportunity for Scottish producers to engage with a new consultation from the Scottish Government. Tell the Scottish Government what you think The...Posted 02/03/2019 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: Help woodland wildlife with the Woodland Wildlife Toolkit
If you have woodland on the farm, managing it for wildlife is now easier thanks to the Woodland Wildlife Toolkit , a new web-based support tool for woodland managers, agents and advisers across Great Britain. The Woodland Wildlife Toolkit is designed...Posted 01/03/2019 by Kathryn Smith