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: Farming on RSPB Ramsey Island
Guest blog by Greg Morgan, Site Manager RSPB Ramsey Island and Grassholm RSPB Ramsey Island lies a mile off the coast of north Pembrokeshire, about as far west in Wales as you can go. The island is famed for its population of chough, a rare member of...Posted 03/05/2021 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: Hope Farm 20th Anniversary Webinar Series 3 – Ecological Intensification
A summary of the 3rd Webinar in Hope Farm's 20th Anniversary series, by Sophie Mott, RSPB’s Conservation Advisor for Cambridgeshire Here we are again! If you’ve gotten this far perhaps you’ve seen the previous two webinar posts or indeed the webinars...Posted 19/03/2021 by Georgina B
Blog Post: Hope Farm webinar series - celebrating 20 years of Hope Farm
Post by Georgie Bray, Hope Farm manager For the last two decades, one mission for Hope Farm has been to develop a hub of knowledge sharing on wildlife-friendly farming. As we were unable to celebrate our 20 year milestone in the traditional way, we l...Posted 26/02/2021 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: Consultation on Agri Bill in Wales - Have your say
Guest blog from Rhys Evans, Policy Officer, RSPB Cymru Before Christmas, the Welsh Government launched its Agriculture (Wales) White Paper - an important consultation that sets out the legislative and support framework for Welsh agriculture for the n...Posted 25/02/2021 by Kathryn Smith