Bird survey shows half-million acres of farmland is dedicated to wildlife

Smallholder: : Starlings were seen on over 40% of the farms taking part and were the most abundant bird recorded in the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Big Farmland Bird Count. (Photo credit: Peter Thompson, GWCT.

6:50am Monday 14th April 2014

Bird survey shows half-million acres of farmland is dedicated to wildlife Despite it being the wettest winter since records began more than 500 farmers, covering nearly half-million acres of UK farmland, rose to the challenge of taking part in the first year of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Big Farmland Bird Count in February.

Plants evolve ways to control embryo growth.

Smallholder: Hailing the hardiest of small plants

2:15pm Friday 11th April 2014

A new generation of high yield plants could be created following a fundamental change in our understanding of how plants develop.

Andrew George MP promoting badger vaccination at the green fair

Smallholder: n NFU Dorset NFU chairman Paul Gould broadly welcomes the move to protect livestock from bovine TB

1:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

The MP for the West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly constituency of St Ives, Andrew George, will be supporting the Green Fair at St John’s Hall in Penzance on Saturday, April 12 at 10am.

South West Water funding helps keep Penwith wild

Smallholder: Wild Penwith Volunteer tasks such as clearing invasive plant species helps benefit stream wildlife including otters photo by Elliot Smith

2:19pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Since last September Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Wild Penwith Volunteers have carried out over 160 hours of practical conservation work across west Penwith, helping to restore eight acres of important wildlife habitat; all thanks to funding from South West Water. The Trust, Cornwall’s leading local wildlife charity protecting Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places are delighted that the company have just agreed to support Wild Penwith for another year.

All of Britain and Ireland’s birds mapped digitally for the first time

Smallholder: Birds, Binoculars and Biscuits

12:01pm Thursday 10th April 2014

For the first time ever, over 3,500 maps showing the distribution, range change and abundance for over five hundred different species of bird that have been recorded in Britain and Ireland since 1968 are freely available online.

Where can you see the best bluebells this spring?

Smallholder: Where can you see the best bluebells this spring?

8:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Priding itself on its abundance of native bluebells, Godolphin near Helston is preparing to welcome the warm weather and embrace the outdoors amid the beauty of this characteristically springtime flower.

Red squirrels disappearing on Isle of Wight

8:00am Tuesday 23rd July 2013

The Red squirrel population on the Isle of Wight is reported to be the lowest in 20 years.

Green farmers line up for wildlife awards

10:39am Friday 19th July 2013

After months of deliberation, the judges for this year's RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award have selected eight farmers from across the UK to go through to the final of this prestigious award. Now it's up to the public to decide who they think should come out on top.

Beaver spotted living wild in Devon

9:06am Thursday 18th July 2013

A woman claims she has seen a beaver living wild on the River Otter in Devon.

Plan to revive Britain's meadows

1:01pm Friday 7th June 2013

Sixty "Coronation meadows" have been identified across the UK as part of a Coronation anniversary campaign to restore threatened wildflower meadows.

Cull badgers for 25 years, says Paterson

12:22pm Tuesday 28th May 2013

OWEN PATERSON, the environment secretary, has told The Sunday Times he has drawn up plans for a big expansion of badger culling — including allowing farmers the freedom to shoot the animals — before the first two controversial trial culls have even begun.

British wildlife in danger of disappearing, say scientists

12:02pm Thursday 23rd May 2013

UK nature is in trouble – that is the conclusion of a groundbreaking report published by a coalition of leading conservation and research organisations.

Smallholder magazine criticises government plans for badger cull

12:00am Saturday 11th May 2013

Britain’s oldest specialist agricultural journal has condemned government plans to shoot thousands of badgers.

Forestry Commission declares war on oak tree caterpillar

9:19am Wednesday 8th May 2013

The Forestry Commission is planning aerial spraying of an area of woodland near Pangbourne in West Berkshire.

Brian May to speak at anti badger cull rally

10:06am Friday 19th April 2013

Rock star and RSPCA supporter Dr Brian May is to speak at a public meeting this Saturday (April 22) to oppose plans to kill thousands of badgers in England.

Further delay for domestic Renewable Heat Initiative

6:00am Friday 29th March 2013

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for domestic customers has been hit by further delays.

More bad news for starlings - RSPB annual survey

10:33am Thursday 28th March 2013

Starlings, house sparrows and other threatened garden birds have suffered a further decline in their numbers over the past year, new figures show.

Government announces nature review

5:00pm Saturday 23rd March 2013

The government has announced a review of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). The JNCC provides evidence and advice to underpin the Government’s environmental policies.

Barn owls make a comeback

1:41pm Friday 8th March 2013

Barn owls appear to be making a comeback.  In one of Britain's worst years for wildlife, they have bucked the trend by increasing in numbers on farms.

Shoot deer and eat them, say scientists

8:45am Thursday 7th March 2013

Nearly half of the UK's deer population needs to be shot each year to stop devastation of woodlands and birdlife, according to a study published in the Journal of Wildlife Management.

Whither did they wander?

Smallholder: Wither did they wander?

11:23am Thursday 21st February 2013

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is trying to solve a 10-year-old mystery – what happened to a huge flock of red-breasted geese which apparently disappeared during their 6,000 kilometre migration.

Robins, not nightingales, are the mystery nighttime songsters, says RSPB

11:04am Tuesday 29th January 2013

The RSPB’s wildlife enquiries team has had an influx of calls reporting singing nightingales. But the wildlife charity is assuring callers that the birds are likely to be robins, which sing at night even during winter.

Help garden birds survive the cold weather

11:00am Wednesday 23rd January 2013

With sub zero temperatures and snow suddenly upon us, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is advising smallholders to make sure their bird feeders and tables are full of high energy foods.

RSPB asks wildlife lovers to step-up their bird feeding now cold weather is here

9:50am Tuesday 15th January 2013

Garden birds will need all the help they can get to survive, says charity With sub zero temperatures suddenly upon us, the RSPB is advising people to make sure their bird feeders and tables are full of high energy foods.

Have your wild birds had their breakfast this morning?

5:23pm Tuesday 8th January 2013

Bill Oddie’s Bird Food Recipes YouTube Channel has attracted many thousands of viewers since its launch and is fast becoming the go-to place for online bird feeding information from the iconic Naturalist and TV Broadcaster.

Farmers Needed to Demonstrate the Commercial Benefits of Trees

6:36pm Thursday 3rd January 2013

The Woodland Trust is seeking UK farmers to help demonstrate the commercial benefits that tree planting delivers on farms.

And a Partridge on the upturn!

12:30pm Thursday 27th December 2012

One of the leading icons of Christmas, the wild grey partridge, recently described as one of our most rapidly declining farmland birds, is fighting back and showing an 81 per cent increase on land that is being specifically managed for this iconic species

RSPB disappointed by marine wildlife proposals

5:00am Monday 17th December 2012

The RSPB has responded to proposals unveiled today for the protection of England’s coasts and seas. Martin Harper, Conservation Director, said: “The announcement by environment minister Richard Benyon is hugely disappointing.

Revised map offers more potential for woodland creation

6:00am Tuesday 11th December 2012

Forestry Commission Wales is urging landowners to reconsider applying for the Glastir woodland creation grant scheme if their land was not eligible when the scheme was first launched. Thanks to changes to the map that is used to assess applications to the grant scheme, planting trees may now be possible in some areas where it was previously not permitted.

FWAG reunited is a boost for farmers across the country

10:25am Monday 10th December 2012

Farmers across the country will be relieved that a new national FWAG (Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group) Association was launched on Thursday 6th December at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Allerton Project Farm in Leicestershire.

RSPB warns about the dangers in bird food packaging

12:30pm Sunday 9th December 2012

As the cold weather sets in and people step up their feeding of garden birds, the RSPB is warning about hidden hazards in some bird food packaging and giving some tips on how best to look after our feathered friends this winter.

RSPB warns of crisis to icons of Christmas

5:44pm Friday 7th December 2012

The new update of the UK Government’s report, issued today, into the state of the populations of wild birds – known as the wild bird indicators - http://www.defra.gov.uk/statistics/environment/biodiversity/wild-bird-populations-in-uk-1970-2010/ makes for alarming reading, as it shows those birds reliant on farmed landscapes have continued to fall in recent years.

Wildlife still at risk as decision on EU Budget Deferred!

6:44pm Sunday 25th November 2012

The failure of European leaders in Brussels to finalise the European budget means that the threat of massive funding cuts to our countryside and wildlife still loom large, says the RSPB.

Funding fears for wildlife-friendly farming

9:00am Friday 16th November 2012

  A survey of farmers and smallholders in the UK has revealed that 96% think environmental work on their farms would be impacted if payments for wildlife-friendly farming were slashed next week.

RBST new Northern Scotland Group

6:00am Friday 16th November 2012

A social gathering to form a new Northern Scotland RBST Group is being held on Saturday 24th November, 2pm at Doonies Farm, Nigg, Aberdeen, AB12 3LT.

Government action could be a life-saver for over-wintering farmland birds say GWCT

11:28am Monday 12th November 2012

There is currently a mass movement of bird species from Europe into Britain such as fieldfare, redwing, song thrush, bramblings as well as more familiar birds like chaffinch and robin, who are making their way to the UK this winter in the mistaken belief that the British countryside will provide richer pickings of berries and seeds than European wintering grounds.

‘Ash dieback is just the tip of the iceberg’ RSPB reacts to Government summit on Chalara fraxinea

6:36pm Wednesday 7th November 2012

A summit on the tree disease Chalara fraxinea, also known as ash dieback, has taken place in London this afternoon. The meeting, chaired by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson and attended by Government officials, tree experts and conservation NGOs, considered the findings of a nationwide survey carried out by Forestry Commission staff and agreed a course of action.

Woodland Trust's commitment to tackle tree disease

3:18pm Wednesday 7th November 2012

As the Government holds an emergency summit today to tackle the arrival and spread of ash dieback in the UK, the Woodland Trust publishes a three point plan to make clear its ongoing commitment to the issue of tree disease as a whole.

CLA urges tree owners in 48-hour hunt for cases of ash dieback

5:00am Saturday 3rd November 2012

The CLA has urged its members and all tree owners to get out into the woods this weekend to look for cases of Chalara fraxinea in ash trees before any more leaves fall.

Remember, remember wildlife this Bonfire Night

5:33pm Friday 2nd November 2012

The RSPB is urging everyone to remember, remember wildlife this weekend, especially those planning homemade bonfires. The wildlife charity is asking anyone planning a bonfire or fireworks display in their garden to avoid doing it too close to nest boxes, trees or bushes.

Eric Morecambe Remembered by a bird hide at RSPB Leighton Mos

5:30pm Wednesday 31st October 2012

The RSPB revives tribute to a national treasure The daughter of comedy legend Eric Morecambe officially opened a new hide built in memory of her father at the RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve in Silverdale last weekend.

CLA asks why ash import ban is not comprehensive

6:00am Tuesday 30th October 2012

The CLA has welcomed the Government’s ban on the importation of ash trees but questioned why ash firewood and woodchip imports have not also been banned.

Bad weather strands millions of garden birds on England's East Coast

2:04pm Saturday 27th October 2012

An appalling combination of fog and winds around England’s coast this week have created terrible conditions for migrating birds, with some fishermen reporting to the RSPB the deaths of many exhausted and disorientated ‘garden’ birds plunging into the sea around their vessels.

Timely countryside winter advice from Cambridgeshire Police

1:06pm Thursday 25th October 2012

As we are now approaching the Autumn/Winter months can we please draw your attention to staying safe:- 1. We have experienced copper piping being taken from the outside of properties which run gas into your home for central heating. In some incidents these have literally been ripped off the walls.This can be extremely dangerous if the heating is turned on! Please check that nothing has been tampered with before use.

Work Together for Wildlife Because Time’s Running Out

12:50pm Thursday 25th October 2012

Declines in our wildlife can be reversed if we use all the tried and tested means available to us. We can’t afford to pick and choose and need to get on with it to help our wild species in trouble.

CLA calls for import ban to stop ash tree disease spreading

7:00am Wednesday 24th October 2012

The CLA has called on the Government to ban all imports of ash plants and seeds with immediate effect to halt the spread of the ash tree disease Chalara fraxinea.

Committee of MPs urge Government Action over wildlife crime

6:00pm Saturday 20th October 2012

 The RSPB has welcomed a committee of MPs’ challenge to the government to take action over the ‘systematic killing’ of birds of prey.

City and Guilds sets the Industry standard with new chainsaw qualifications

5:00am Saturday 20th October 2012

As the leading Awarding Organisation in vocational education, City & Guilds NPTC is introducing a brand new suite of qualifications in Chainsaw and Related Operations, bringing the current provision in line with updated industry requirements.

New environmental stewardship handbooks now available online

12:00am Thursday 18th October 2012

The fourth edition of the Environmental Stewardship (ES) handbooks are now available on the Natural England website containing details of a suite of new options and updates aimed at increasing the environmental benefits and value for money of the schemes. Printed copies are expected to be available week commencing 22 October.

Woodcock ready for epic flights back…

8:00am Monday 24th September 2012

For such diminutive birds weighing just over 300 grams, satellite-tracked woodcock have travelled epic distances up to 4,000 miles to their breeding grounds as far away as Krasnoyarsk in eastern Russia this year. Some will have raised chicks for the first time and now the 11 satellite-tagged woodcock, which are being followed avidly by birdwatchers across the globe, are making their record-breaking flights back to their over-wintering sites in Britain.

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