This is the first post of a brand new section on thinkingcountry. Each Friday I will focus on a few of the events and things of interest that have happened during the previous week in farming, conservation and the countryside. It is something that I have been meaning to do for a while, but haven't … Continue reading This week in farming, conservation and the countryside (9th March 2018)
A dodgy knee meant that I wasn't able to join the local survey at the Naze last weekend, but for the purposes of the count, here were the results (18th February 2018): Grey Lag 7 Brent Goose 42 Canada Goose 2 Mallard 10 Wigeon c.20 Teal 28 Shoveler 30 Shelduck 5 Little Egret 1 Lapwing … Continue reading BTO Wetland Bird Survey – February
Make 100 Trees is the latest project by London-based designer and artist Margarita Mitrovic. The concept of the project is to make 100 artworks of trees, which will directly fund the planting of 100 real trees. By depicting each tree in a different style and technique, the artist aims to demonstrate their uniqueness, individuality and … Continue reading An art project to make cities greener
At the end of last year I began volunteering alongside a local birder for the monthly BTO wetland bird survey. Our patch, which runs around our farm at the Naze, covers a roughly 7 mile walk around the peninsula, trekking firstly up the beach alongside the salt marsh towards Stone Point and then back to … Continue reading BTO Wetland Bird Survey January
I promised that I would give you updates regarding progress of our higher tier countryside stewardship scheme which started a few weeks ago. It runs until December 2022 and we are receiving payment for undertaking works for conservation on the farm through Pillar 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy. The scheme consists of a range … Continue reading Countryside Stewardship field update
I've been stuck indoors today, struck down by flu yesterday. There are a lot of things going around at the moment, and I was being optimistic and hoping that I wouldn't catch anything this winter. Oh well! Hopefully I'm now over the worst of it but you never really can tell with these things. It … Continue reading The long awaited 25 Year Environment Plan
Recently I spoke to Adam Canning who is a naturalist and film maker from the West Midlands. Unlike your stereotypical conservationist Adam is a suburban Brummie from a working-class background. He is also openly gay. He has previously co-presented The Wild Side on Cambridge TV, with Jamie Wyver, and made two series of mini films … Continue reading An Interview with Adam L. Canning
This is a guest post written by freelance writer Maria Reyes. Water supply is perhaps one of the most crucial elements in ensuring a successful harvest. To help guarantee the maximum growth of the plants while conserving this precious resource, it’s imperative to deliver just the right amount of water to crops at the right … Continue reading 5 Ways Farms Can Save Water During a Drought
I know it's Christmas and (assuming you celebrate Christmas) you're probably, quite rightly, spending your time having a great time with family and friends, giving and receiving gifts and generally being merry. However, please give a thought to the amount of plastic you are generating at the same time. Since Blue Planet 2 I have … Continue reading Do you have 2 minutes?
It was with great relief when I opened the envelope from Natural England and read that the farm's application for a new higher tier countryside stewardship scheme has been successful. It will begin in January next year and go through until December 2022. For our farm, conservation management is not only important for the wildlife … Continue reading Countryside Stewardship Application Accepted!