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As taken from my Facebook page. It truly pays to “mix it up” in the Agricultural sector for Farmland Birds

A very quick blog post, just to prove I'm still around in both the virtual and more appropriately, the real world.   "A Wee while back I said I would refer back to that excellent publication, that is Farming and Birds - New Naturalist Series no. 135, as written by Ian Newton. Well, here's a … Continue reading As taken from my Facebook page. It truly pays to “mix it up” in the Agricultural sector for Farmland Birds

Continual Monitoring of Bird-Friendly habitats on Farmland

Bird-friendly farms do exist! Ongoing monitoring illustrates the ups and downs of bird populations on our UK's green and pleasant lands.

Encouraging better care of the environment

Encouraging better care of the environment. Farming for sustainable food and wildlife populations in the years to come.

A kind winter thus far in the UK

What a difference a year makes. Winter 2015/16 when compared to winter 2016.17 is so vastly different. Find out more here at

Maintaining diversity in the countryside. Guest blog by Tony Powell

Courtesy of a fellow LinkedIn connection, Ben Eagle, I would like to highlight a recent guest post I made on his blog at thinkingcountry dot com
It’s entitled “Maintaining diversity in the countryside”.

Ben’s blog is well worth subscribing to, in my opinion, as he covers a great many topics relating to farming, wildlife and conservation matters. After all, he was also one of my original Conservation “Young Guns” to look out for in 2016.


Here is another guest post written in the light of Brexit (and in this case, the recent State of Nature report as well). Tony Powell is a wildlife surveyor (principally birds) and researcher and runs the naturestimeline website. He has previously volunteered for many organisations including the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Woodland Trust, the British Trust for Ornithology, The Wildlife Trusts, Butterfly Conservation and currently volunteers for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. In his article Tony reminds us how the farming community has a huge role to play in achieving positive conservation results in the countryside.


Partridge and Pheasant rear and release sites are very much part of the UK landscape. Collectively, these enterprises have planted tens of thousands of acres of woodland over many decades. Woodland, when managed in such a way, boosts the productivity of woodland ground-nesting bird species alongside that of the shoot. Often…

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