Today’s publication of the latest State of Nature Report shows that, although there are a few good news stories to celebrate, the overall picture is not a good one. 56% of UK species are in decline and of the 8,000 UK species assessed, one in ten is threatened with extinction. The report states that one of the most important factors influencing these declines is farming practices. As Mark Eaton, lead author of the report, comments, this is not deliberate but is a by-product of changes in farming practices in the move towards greater efficiency.
But this needn’t be an either/or situation. Most farmers want to see nature returning to their land, while making a living growing good quality food to feed a burgeoning population. Fair to Nature farming enables farmers to satisfy all of these aims. We work with our farmers to help buck the trend of declines in farmland wildlife and our scheme is judged by the RSPB as the best nature-friendly on-farm accreditation scheme in the UK.
All Fair to Nature farms are required to create and manage a suite of wildlife habitats providing homes and foraging areas for wildlife throughout the year. Evidence shows that these habitats halt the decline in many farmland species. These nature-friendly practices become part of the farming operation, with the farms providing ingredients to Fair to Nature brands that people can buy.