Meet the Farmers (LIVE!) – episode 43 – The Tendring Hundred Show

Episode 43 comes to you from the Tendring Hundred Show which was held back in July. I spoke to Emma Stobart (RSPB), David Lord (local farmer), Dave Smart (Essex Wildlife Trust) and Barbara Sharp (Essex Beekeepers) about farming, conservation and the future of the countryside in the Countryside Ring at the Show. https://soundcloud.com/user-396010157/meet-the-farmers-episode-43-at-the-tendring-hundred-show    

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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

How to Help Wildlife in Your Garden This Winter – Guest post by NatureSpy

It might be springlike at the moment but winter has a habit of biting back with a vengeance - just think back to the Beast from the East in the UK last year! With this in mind, here's a short post about how to help wildlife in winter. ................................................................... Winter can be a hard time … Continue reading How to Help Wildlife in Your Garden This Winter – Guest post by NatureSpy

Upcoming Big Farmland Bird Count + the EAT Lancet Report

Between the 8th and 17th February farmers, land managers and gamekeepers are being asked to participate in the 6th Big Farmland Bird Count by taking 30 minutes to count bird species on a particular location on their farm. This has become a critically important citizen scientific survey and the results help to give us a … Continue reading Upcoming Big Farmland Bird Count + the EAT Lancet Report

‘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

Countryside Stewardship Application Accepted!

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!

Blue Planet 2: The Unique Marketing Opportunity for Nature

Yesterday evening I scanned my twitter feed with a smile on my face as I read through the hundreds, probably thousands of tweets in response to the final episode of the BBC's  Blue Planet 2. https://twitter.com/Amelia_Womack/status/939987884043628544 https://twitter.com/jonoread/status/939955913141706753 https://twitter.com/stephenfry/status/939955382822232064 https://twitter.com/Helbell13/status/939966318538870786 https://twitter.com/davetherave_23/status/939959963463700480 It seemed that in a single evening the BBC had managed to engage more people … Continue reading Blue Planet 2: The Unique Marketing Opportunity for Nature

Wild Voices Podcast – Biodiversity & Beer (with me, Pete Cooper and Matt Williams)

A few weeks ago my good friend Matt Williams asked me to take part in a special episode of his podcast the Wild Voices Project, recording my thoughts on a host of different issues alongside another good mutual friend, conservationist and mammal specialist, Pete Cooper. I'm a big fan of Matt's podcast, was thrilled to … Continue reading Wild Voices Podcast – Biodiversity & Beer (with me, Pete Cooper and Matt Williams)