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Save 20 percent …of Nature!

Research conducted by the University of Reading (and partly funded by Conservation Grade) published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology found that Fair to Nature farms support 20 percent more plant and butterfly species than conventionally managed farms. However organic farms

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Simon’s Blog: To the moon and back

Waking not so bright but particularly early and continuing to pick shards of glass out of my clothes and empty sand out of my optical equipment (and everything else, I’ll spare the details!) I was keen to see the nearby

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Simon’s Blog: It’s a road trip! It’s about adventure! . . .

I don’t know how many hours I had been waiting but it seemed like an eternity, although the coffee with condensed milk and half a ton of sugar had perked me up no end! Niki had just largely downed her

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Simon’s Blog: Applause and some celebration

Surely we should be applauding? A mammoth journey underway, not helped by two roaring Rolls Royce engines, but by the power of muscle and evolutionary adaptation. When you hear or see your first Redwings as I have this week, you,

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Simon’s Blog: Birdfair, Leaves and Waders

It barely seems like a few days ago but indeed it is over a week since I attended the Birdfair and we presented our Fair to Nature farmer of the year at our special breakfast event. Attended by lots of

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Simon’s Blog: Breakfast and shelter

It’s nearly a year already and I can’t wait! It’s been described as the Glastonbury for birders and nature enthusiasts and it is a great opportunity to see all our Fair to Nature conservation friends in one place. I am

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Simon’s Blog: Two things you can do for them

When I close my eyes at night all I see is moths…honestly!   I’ve become totally immersed with this part of the Lepidoptera clan recently after late nights and early mornings inspecting my light trap. It’s unbelievable how moths are regularly described

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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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Simon’s Blog: Inaugural Bird Migration & Nature Festival at Huerta Grande

On the last weekend of March, I attended the first ever Bird Migration & Nature Festival of the Strait of Gibraltar at Huerta Grande and it was great to see friends and supporters of Conservation Grade. At the festival I was

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The beginning of the end……?

An introductory blog from our new Conservation Manager, Simon Tonkin, on secondment to Conservation Grade from the RSPB…. When I was just nine years old I found a beautiful bird, not tumbling over some idyllic rural scene, but in the

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