Monthly Archives: November 2013

CAP Reform – the next steps?

Defra’s public consultation on the Common Agricultural Policy reforms closed yesterday (28th Nov 2013). Now comes the period of collating respondents views and making some decisions, particularly the much debated one of whether or not to transfer funds from Direct

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Great weather for CG farmer update day!

A warm, sunny autumn day greeted us yesterday for the first of this year’s Conservation Grade winter updates. Midloe Grange Farm in Cambridgeshire was the perfect venue. We started the day with news items from CG followed by discussions about

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Our thoughts on biodiversity offsetting

There has been a lot in the news recently about biodiversity offsetting. But what is it? Biodiversity offsetting allows for the creation of new habitats or improvement of other habitats to replace those destroyed by development. The quality and importance

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Farmer calls for an end to ‘crippling misallocation’ of Euro funds – Common Agriculture Policy reform

A prominent UK farmer has called on Defra to resolve a ‘crippling misallocation of Euro funds’, and put the responsibility for solving Britain’s countryside biodiversity crisis firmly into the hands of farmers. Speaking out as the government’s proposals for Common

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Have a go at our Facebook competition!

We have teamed up with our licensee Chapelwood, producers of ‘Conservation Blend’ bird seed with ingredients grown in ways that are fair to nature so feeding birds in your garden is helping not only birds but bees, bugs and butterflies in

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