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Join the 2020 Big Butterfly Count!

Chris Corrigan, Policy Coordinator at Butterfly Conservation, is calling all wildlife-friendly farmers to join the 2020 Big Butterfly Count! Butterflies are one of the most obvious and well-loved sights of the spring and summer months. Not only are they beautiful

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Bees Needs Week

The 13th – 17th July is Bees Needs Week, a week devoted to promoting the needs of bees and other insects who act as essential pollinators of our food crops. This annual event is organised by Defra and the Bumblebee

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The Plight of the Curlew

The curlew is probably one of the most recognisable UK birds, certainly away from those that share our gardens.  Even if you have not been fortunate enough to encounter this wader, or even if the image of the impossibly long

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The Barn Owl – a silent hunter

Fair to Nature Farm Conservation Adviser, Kevin Rylands, looks at how farmers and landowners can help the barn owl… Gliding silently across pastures at dusk, barn owls are one of the most iconic sights in our countryside. You never forget

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Why nature is good for business

The Nature Friendly Farming Network is a rapidly growing group of farmers who have come together to champion a way of farming that is sustainable and good for wildlife. Their aim is to raise awareness of nature friendly farming, share

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Flower Power!

Farm Manager of the RSPB’s Hope Farm, Georgie Bray sees great benefits in encouraging a range of flower-rich habitats on farmland, particularly as they can help with natural pest control… Flowers are a fundamental part of a sustainable farming system.

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No Mow May

Shelley Abbott, Fair to Nature Facilitator, is taking part in No Mow May…. It’s May! While many of us have had to put our normal lives on pause, the natural world is continuing to spring into life. Birds are nesting

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Steady through the storm

Kirsty Brannan, Farm Conservation Adviser at Oakbank Game & Conservation considers the changes coming in farm wildlife conservation and how land managers can prepare. At the time of writing, the world is rightly focused on urgent actions to minimise the

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The benefits of Spring crops and Summer fallow

Fair to Nature farm conservation adviser, Kevin Rylands, sees the benefits to wildlife of Spring crops and Summer fallow… The recent spell of drier weather has been warmly welcomed, especially by arable farm (although some rain wouldn’t go amiss! With

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Restore farm ponds to bring back farmland birds

If we want to bring back farmland birds, restore a farmland pond, new research from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust shows. Guest blog from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Less than 70 years ago, ponds were a common feature of

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