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 the first time you see one quartering a field hunting for small mammals, or perched […]

Which flowers are the best source of nectar?

There is growing evidence that both domestic honeybees and wild pollinators are in trouble, and the many wildflowers that depend on them for pollination are also declining. But are pollinator declines driving flower losses or vice versa? Or are other separate factors causing the declines? Nectar and pollen are the main floral resources for pollinators […]

Simon’s Blog: Bring in the new

Have you noticed something different recently? Days are longer certainly, but anything else? I have and it is rather magnificent! A promise of return has been fulfilled and our glorious summer migrants are arriving on mass, you may have noticed that Common Swifts have arrived back this week and Turtle Dove’s are now arriving on […]

Bats – How do they use farmland habitats?

We are involved in a pioneering research project aimed at identifying how bat populations are using farmland habitats. The project, which is joint initiative between Conservation Grade (CG), the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust (PCT), the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Norfolk Barbastrelle Study Group (NBSG), is designed to identify how bats make use of […]