BBC Focus on Farming this week

Following a number of negative items in the BBC recently on farming, especially an interview featuring NFU President Minette Batters by Evan Davis, the BBC have decided to run a #BBCFarmingFocus week. Tweets about the week are already building up, with stories across local radio and on BBC Breakfast. Down on the farm πŸ– πŸπŸ”Continue reading “BBC Focus on Farming this week”

Wild Justice, Natural England and this week’s Shooting License Fiasco

If you live in the UK and take any interest in the news at all then you are probably aware that last Thursday Natural England revoked the general licenses (GL04,05 and 06) that allowed anyone to shoot 16 different species* of bird including several members of the crow family, pigeons and some gulls. The useContinue reading “Wild Justice, Natural England and this week’s Shooting License Fiasco”

My review of 2018

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and that’s why I enjoy writing end of year posts. What’s done is done and you can look forward to a new year which you can hope will bring the promised land, even though experience teaches us that every year is a rollercoaster in its own way, with troubled timesContinue reading “My review of 2018”

Michael Gove to attend the Oxford Real Farming Conference

In January I’ll be heading to the Oxford Real Farming Conference and the Oxford Farming Conference. For the first time I’ll be bringing you Meet the Farmers podcast episodes from both conferences, which I am very excited for. It’s going to be a logistical challenge working out in which venue to be at which timeContinue reading “Michael Gove to attend the Oxford Real Farming Conference”

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’tContinue reading “This week in farming, conservation and the countryside (9th March 2018)”