Fifteen months ago an idea came into my head. Wouldn't it be brilliant if some of the young farmers and conservationists who are just starting out in their careers could come together at an event to learn from each other, talk with each other and build connections. After all, as individual organisations and networks Young … Continue reading The Next Generation of farmers and naturalists talking together
Today I began the first of what will be many bramble bashing (or should that be obliterating) sessions throughout the autumn/winter as I try to get on top of the scrub encroaching on some of the farm's stewardship plots. The sky seemed to be missing today, a great grey and white canvas only intermittently marked … Continue reading Autumn
If you want to understand a subject you must learn to see it from different perspectives. This is particularly true of land use, a topic in which there are as many viewpoints as you can possibly imagine. It's why I am trying (and there's a lifetime ahead to learn) to understand both farming and conservation … Continue reading Don’t sit by; work with farmers to help birds.
The impacts on agriculture in the UK from introducing a new predator have yet to be determined. As humans, we have made huge impacts on this world—some of them good, and some of them bad. With the growth of our population and the need to feed those people, we have developed technologies and techniques that … Continue reading How Would Agriculture in the UK Change if the Lynx were Introduced? – Guest post by Emily Folk
Forty eight years ago, in July 1969, a conference was held at Silsoe Agricultural College in Bedfordshire. It was jointly organised by the RSPB, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), The Wildlife Trusts, the National Conservancy Council (now Natural England) and the Agricultural Development Advisory Service (ADAS), and it aimed to bring farmers and conservationists … Continue reading What was the Silsoe Conference and why should we remember it?
It might seem surprising that the former Senior Vice President at the Wildlife Conservation Society grew up without any animals and in her early career had actually been rather timid at handling certain species, but that was entirely the case for conservation expert Annette Libeskind Berkovits, author of this rather splendid memoir entitled Confession of … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Confessions of an Accidental Zoo Curator’ by Annette Libeskind Berkovits
Today is 'World Environment Day', the UN's way of reminding us that we should be aware of environmental issues and be activists for the natural world, not just passive observers. It has been held on 5th June since 1974 and is now marked in 143 countries across the world. Every year there is a different … Continue reading World Environment Day