A tried and tested plan for wildlife-friendly and productive arable farming
Farmland covers over 70% of UK land, and much of the biodiversity in the UK relies on farmland to survive. In one way or another, farmland also relies on a healthy ecosystem to function for the long term. By looking after biodiversity on farmland, we can help biodiversity to work for us.
This first webinar of Hope Farm’s 20th Anniversary workshop series, we will explore how effective the provision of key habitats for farmland species using the Farm Wildlife’s 6 point plan can be for wildlife, and how farmers may market wildlife-friendly produce using the Fair to Nature certification scheme.
Farm Wildlife is a coalition of nine different conservation organisations, coming up with a simple recipe to look after nature on a lowland arable farm, for which Hope Farm serves as a key demonstrator. With 1500% increases in winter farmland birds, 130% increases in breeding farmland birds, and over 400% increases in butterflies in the last 20 years, there is no denying that the plan does what it says on the tin.
The Fair to Nature scheme, that is being relaunched in the next year, gives farmers the opportunity to label and market their farms as fair to nature. Hope Farm is a member of the certification scheme, selling produce under the label for five years.
Speakers will include Richard Winspear, head of the RSPB’s Agricultural Advice team, and key collaborator in the Farm Wildlife coalition, plus a speaker from the Fair to Nature certification scheme.
RSPB The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy, UK