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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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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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