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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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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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What’s in my patch? – Red Campion

Red Campion (Silene dioica) is also known as Red Catchfly in the USA. It is a member of the Pink family (Caryophyllaceae). This pretty perennial plant has deep pink flowers with notched petals on a hairy stem up to 1m

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Rare Pallid Harrier on Fair to Nature Farm

Birds are without doubt among the most fascinating and exciting groups of inhabitants in our world. One of the many reasons is because they transverse our planet through migrations, moving on mass or individually and yet sometimes, rarely, it can

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More pollinating insects on Fair to Nature farms

New research has confirmed that Fair to Nature farms support significantly more pollinating insects than conventional farms. During summer 2015 Sophie Potter, working at the University of East Anglia, observed hoverflies on 10 Fair to Nature farms across East Anglia and counted

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Save 20 percent …of Nature!

Research conducted by the University of Reading (and partly funded by Conservation Grade) published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology found that Fair to Nature farms support 20 percent more plant and butterfly species than conventionally managed farms. However organic farms

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Simon’s Blog: Applause and some celebration

Surely we should be applauding? A mammoth journey underway, not helped by two roaring Rolls Royce engines, but by the power of muscle and evolutionary adaptation. When you hear or see your first Redwings as I have this week, you,

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Guest Blog: Lucy McRobert – Give doves a chance

A version of this blog first appeared on www.talkonthewildside.co.uk and Lucy has kindly given permission for it’s use here. Five gold rings; four calling birds; three French hens; two… Two what? Isn’t that scary – by the time I have

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