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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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Cutting (h)edge management

Paul Cabrisy from the RSPB’s Hope Farm tells us why hedge management is so important.

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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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