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Hope Farm: a round up of farmland breeding birds in 2019 and how they did it!

How did farmland birds fare in 2019 on RSPB’s Hope Farm in Cambridgeshire? In this blog, Farm Manager Georgie Bray tells us. A key part of the work we do at Hope Farm is to demonstrate wildlife friendly farming, in

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Celebrate our soils on World Soil Day!

Today (5th December) is World Soil Day, a time to appreciate the importance of soil to our everyday lives. It has been estimated that soil contains 25% of global biodiversity! As R. Neil Sampson said in his book ‘Farmland or

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Abundance of butterflies at Hainey Farm

Ecologist, John Day, from the RSPB, undertook a butterfly survey at the Fair to Nature accredited Hainey Farm, in Cambridgeshire at the end of July. The survey is a snap-shot of the butterflies that make use of the wonderful variety

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Barn Owls are thriving at mushroom farm

2019 has been a successful year for Barn Owls on the Fair to Nature accredited May Farm, near Ely, Cambridgeshire. May Farm is the site of Littleport Mushrooms, which is part of the G’s Group and grows mushrooms for major

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Where birds are found on farm can tell us a lot!

Guest post by Georgie Bray, Acting Farm Manager, Hope Farm Last winter was an interesting one at Hope Farm, enabling us to see how farm management, the weather, and the interactions between these factors impact farmland birds. Last summer was

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Real estate for birds – National Nestbox Week

As you may be already aware, it’s National Nestbox Week this week (14-21 Feb). First established in 1997 by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and birdcare supplier Jacobi Jayne, National Nestbox Week aims to encourage everyone to provide extra

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Farming and the Clean Air Strategy 2019

Today (Monday 14th January 2019) the UK Government launched the new Clean Air Strategy 2019. The strategy sets an ambitious, long-term target to reduce people’s exposure to particulate matter (PM), which the World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified to be

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Public money for public goods – the UK Agriculture Bill

This autumn saw the publication of the first new UK Agriculture Bill for 70 years. It was published alongside a policy statement and together they reaffirm the government’s commitment to public money for public goods. This really is a step

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What do bees need?

It’s Bees Needs Week! This annual event is organised by the Department of the Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as part of England’s National Pollinator Strategy. Various events are going on around the country to celebrate and promote what

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New Year Resolutions for Nature

Happy New Year! Let’s make 2018 a good year for nature! Here are some simple New Year resolutions that will lessen our impact on the natural environment around us and even help us feel good: When shopping… Buy loose fruit