Sustainable agriculture - Combine and wildflowers

Wild bird food growing alongside a crop

Fair to Nature products come from farms that are working to increase the amount of sustainable agriculture that is carried out on British farmland. Farmers are required to contribute at least 10% of the area they farm into the following habitats:

• Pollen and nectar habitats including wildflowers, legumes and annually cultivated natural regeneration

• Wild bird food crops

• Tussocky and/or fine grass mixtures

• Other habitats, including hedges, ponds, woodland, etc.

Many farmers already have some of these habitats as part of their conservation farming practices but they also enjoy adding different ones as well such as bird and bat boxes and insect hotels.

Sowing wildflower strip around field

Sowing wildflowers at the Fair to Nature offices

Fair to Nature farmers only cut the hedges on their farms every third year to protect nesting habitats and food sources such as wild berries. The hedges also provide essential shelter for animals such as the hazel dormouse, bank vole, harvest mouse and hedgehogs!

Including sustainable agriculture as part of the farms is a real commitment as the habitats require annual or biennial care. All the habitats need specific management in order to maintain high levels of quality sustainable agriculture; but the rewards to the wildlife and countryside make it worth their while. To read about Fair to Nature farming from the farmers themselves visit our Fair to Nature farmers page.

If you want to help the wildlife in your garden why don’t you dig an area over and sow some nectar-rich wild flower seeds? To find out how you can be Fair to Nature at home visit our Fair to Nature for you page.