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: Gwent Levels Sustainable Land Management Project
Guest blog from Jon Cryer, Policy Officer for RSPB Cymru The Gwent Levels in South East Wales is one of the largest areas of reclaimed grassland in the UK and the largest in Wales. The creation and management of this landscape over hundreds of years ...Posted 26/11/2018 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: The twite are back in town!
Guest blog from Rhys Evans, RSPB Cymru Policy Officer Although they have never been common, twite used to be relatively widespread in the uplands of North Wales. In recent years however, the breeding population and autumn flocks have both declined ra...Posted 23/11/2018 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: Working for Waders across Scotland
Chris Bailey, Advisory Manager for RSPB Scotland, provides an overview of some of our current work with others to help secure a future for waders in Scotland If you live in Scotland it is more than likely you will come across at least one species of ...Posted 21/11/2018 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: Getting down to business with wildlife friendly farming
Georgie Bray, Assistant Manager at the RSPB's Hope Farm shares her experience of joining with other nature-friendly farmers at an event in Westminster to show that Nature Means Business Currently, the Ag Bill is being discussed amongst MP’s in the Ho...Posted 20/11/2018 by Kathryn Smith