Spotlight on…the Nature Friendly Farming Network

There are many organisations doing important work in rural areas, bringing people together, providing support and improving the state of nature. 'Spotlight on...' profiles some of these. The Nature Friendly Farming Network is a farmer led, grass roots organisation which profiles a way of farming that puts nature and the environment at its heart. Very few … Continue reading Spotlight on…the Nature Friendly Farming Network

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Chris Packham and the Nature Friendly Farming Network

https://vimeo.com/281481593 I recently visited Martin Lines, UK Chair of the Nature Friendly Farming Network. Martin invites large numbers of people to his farm each year to show them what he is doing to improve the state of nature on his farm. One of those guests was Chris Packham who organised a bioblitz to take place … Continue reading Chris Packham and the Nature Friendly Farming Network

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 29 – Martin Lines

Episode 29 of the Meet the Farmers podcast features Cambridgeshire arable farmer and UK Chair of the Nature Friendly Farming Network, Martin Lines. We spoke at length about farming and conservation, the growth of the network and the work that Martin is doing on his own farm to improve the state of nature there. Also … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 29 – Martin Lines

New film: ‘The Carbon Farmer’

The Carbon Farmer presents a vision for UK Peatland conservation, agriculture and climate action. Before reading on you may wish to view the film itself (it's only just over 7 minutes long). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAPGQ1wEJ08&t=2s I was privileged to be involved in this project (in a very small way) from the start, speaking to the film's producer, … Continue reading New film: ‘The Carbon Farmer’

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 26 – Teleri Fielden

I'm really excited to introduce this special podcast episode to you which was produced in collaboration with Matt Williams and the Wild Voices Project podcast. We visited Teleri Fielden (@TeleriFielden), a first generation farmer, who won a Wales Young Farmers Clubs and National Trust scholarship to run a farm in north west Wales for three … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 26 – Teleri Fielden

The Hare, why I love it and why we might lose it

Working on a mixed farm with a mosaic of arable cropping, tussocky grassland, marshland and hay meadows I am lucky to be able to see a wide variety of species, although I would love for wildlife abundance to be still greater, a difficult prospect when wildlife is under threat from so many angles. Hares have … Continue reading The Hare, why I love it and why we might lose it

What the Heck is Bio-Regionalism and How Will It Save Us? – Guest post by Josy O’Donnel

Nowadays, it’s unfortunate that everyone has lost a sense of wisdom and knowledge about environmental conservation. We forget that what we have now as reality is what our forefathers worked hard for a long time ago. Abusing the environment has one shortcoming; the effects of abuse do not affect those abusing it, but their next … Continue reading What the Heck is Bio-Regionalism and How Will It Save Us? – Guest post by Josy O’Donnel

This week in farming, conservation and the countryside (9th March 2018)

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)

An art project to make cities greener

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