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Another winning Fair to Nature farmer!

We think all our Fair to Nature farmers are winners for the amazing work they do for wildlife on their farms so it’s great when they are recognised for their achievements. The latest winner is one of our pilot farmers.

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Which flowers are the best source of nectar?

There is growing evidence that both domestic honeybees and wild pollinators are in trouble, and the many wildflowers that depend on them for pollination are also declining. But are pollinator declines driving flower losses or vice versa? Or are other

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Plants are important too!

How often do you consider plants when you think about nature conservation? Endearing little mammals like hedgehogs or dormice, or perhaps the hairy bumblebee are probably the first things that spring to mind, but with the intensification of farming, many

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Simon’s Blog: Bring in the new

Have you noticed something different recently? Days are longer certainly, but anything else? I have and it is rather magnificent! A promise of return has been fulfilled and our glorious summer migrants are arriving on mass, you may have noticed

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Welcome to Jane and Simon!

We’d like to introduce you to the newest members of the Conservation Grade team, Jane Lawler and Simon Tonkin… Jane enjoys nothing more than being out in the open countryside, walking her dog along the criss-cross of footpaths around her

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How your urgent help can save the Turtle Dove

  Before the 1970s the gentle purr of the Turtle Dove was a frequent harmony warmly welcomed in the summer months, but since then numbers have rapidly declined with figures descending to an all time low. Research from 2013, gathered

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Bats – How do they use farmland habitats?

We are involved in a pioneering research project aimed at identifying how bat populations are using farmland habitats. The project, which is joint initiative between Conservation Grade (CG), the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust (PCT), the University of East Anglia (UEA) and

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Conservation Grade on BBC R4 Farming Today with Anna Hill

To all those early birds who were up with the lark this morning, did you tune in to Anna Hill on Farming Today on BBC Radio 4 at 05:45? Anna Hill spoke to Ed Bramham-Jones, Head Warden and Farm Manager at

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How to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch & Big Farmland Bird Count

It can be a dull time of year – post Christmas, poor weather, dark mornings and evenings – so why not cheer yourself up with a spot of bird watching! Big Garden Birdwatch Next weekend (25th/26th January) the RSPB are

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Why you, the British public, need to put pressure on the food industry to be ‘Fair to Nature’ and help avert a “Twelve Days of Christmas” crisis

Britain is dangerously close to losing many of its critical wildlife species. What I have to say is important. It’s not simply of consequence to animal lovers and countryside activists – it will have an impact on each and every

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