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Cotswold farmer wins award for giving extra for conservation

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7:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Richard Benyon, who was awarded the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s prestigious 2013 Cotswold Grey Partridge Trophy for the miles of wildlife habitats that he has created for this rare bird, recently passed on the baton to the latest winner of this coveted prize.

Bumblees benefit from Johnsons flower seeds

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8:00am Friday 25th July 2014

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT), has once again benefited from sales of a dedicated seed mixture produced by Johnsons. For every packet of its Mixed Bumblebee Friendly Flowers seed purchased in the last year, 25p was pledged to the BBCT.

Cotswold farmer wins award for giving extra for conservation

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7:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Richard Benyon, who was awarded the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s prestigious 2013 Cotswold Grey Partridge Trophy for the miles of wildlife habitats that he has created for this rare bird, recently passed on the baton to the latest winner of this coveted prize.

Think before you pull Ragwort, says Buglife

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8:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

Buglife is asking people to think hard before they pull ragwort from local fields and meadows. Ragwort has been implicated in the poisoning of horses and other grazing animals, though poisoning is actually much rarer than people realise and generally occurs when ragwort has been cut within a hay crop and fed to animals.

Public urged to help support our bees’ needs

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4:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Five simple actions to help pollinators such as planting more bee-friendly flowers and cutting grass less often were promoted today to protect the vital contribution these insects make to our economy.

Ancient woodland threat now hits Ambridge

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7:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

It may be fictional but the latest storyline in the BBC’s longest running soap opera, 'The Archers', highlights the very real and growing threat to ancient woodland from development. The Woodland Trust has written a 'formal letter of objection' to the proposed relief road which is set to destroy Starley’s Copse, an ancient wood near Ambridge, the village in which the programme is set.

Contribution of countryside under valued, says Prince's Countryside Fund

Smallholder: A view across the countryside of Upper Wharfedale showing farms, drystone walls, hay meadows and sheep in the fields. (6707063)

9:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

Rural and “opportunity” are words not often associated together, but with 5.5 million people employed in the rural economy, and domestic food and drink contributing £22 billion to the UK economy, The Prince’s Countryside Fund says it’s time to rethink how we view the value of the countryside.

Badger vaccination programme underway at Cornish resort

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2:10pm Monday 14th July 2014

The controversial subject of badger culling has been a hot topic in the West Country for a number of years. To cull or to vaccinate has split farmers and land owners across the country, leaving those with smallholdings confused by what options are available to them.

Landowners encouraged to grow more trees

Smallholder: Scheme to build hundreds of new homes on farmland revealed

3:00pm Monday 7th July 2014

Landowners and farmers are being invited to find out how sporting opportunities can be enhanced, flood risk reduced and crop pollination increased by planting trees on their land. Advisors from the Woodland Trust are set to demonstrate how well-sited woodland creation can provide habitats and shelter for a number of wildlife and livestock species at this year’s CLA Game Show.

Buglife says claims of Swedish oil seed rape yield loss are misleading

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1:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

NFU vice-president Guy Smith has publicly claimed that farmers in Sweden have reported a 70 per cent loss in spring oil seed rape yields. Similar claims appear on the NFU website and twitter and are central to the NFU's position that the ban on Cruiser (clothianidin) treated seeds must be lifted to prevent crop loss from flea beetles.

Plan dropped for massive wind-turbines in Cumbrian beauty spot

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12:00pm Friday 4th July 2014

The Open Spaces Society,Britain’s oldest national conservation body, is delighted that Banks Renewables has abandoned its plan to build three massive wind-turbines near Killington Reservoir in Cumbria (near junction 37 on the M6 motorway)—the gateway to the Lake District and the Western Fells of the Yorkshire Dales.

Fifteen winged saviours to take to the air

Smallholder: There has been a worrying decline in cuckoo numbers

1:00pm Friday 13th June 2014

In a bid to tackle the worrying decline in cuckoo numbers, 15 satellite-tagged individuals are to take to the air during the next week, and begin transmitting information of their incredible journeys to researchers at the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology).

A ray of light for ancient woodland in Northern Ireland

Smallholder: Woodland Trust's Project Officer, Michael Topping. Photo. Tracy Dorman

6:00pm Thursday 12th June 2014

Thanks to a £1.9 million boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Woodland Trust has embarked upon a UK-wide project which could see the restoration of up to 52,000 hectares (200 square miles) of damaged ancient woodland.

Britain's oldest conservation body publishes manifesto

Smallholder: The Open Spaces Society protects Britain's common land

11:06am Monday 9th June 2014

The Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body, has published its manifesto for the 2015 Westminster election. The organisation, which campaigns to protect common land, village greens, open spaces and public paths, and people’s right to enjoy them, throughout England and Wales. calling on politicians of all parties to support these policies.

Parasite resistant tree bumblebee spreading across the UK

Smallholder: The European bumblebee has stronger resistance to parasite infections

2:00pm Sunday 8th June 2014

A species of bee from Europe that has stronger resistance to parasite infections than native bumblebees has spread across the UK, according to new research at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Scotland's WW1 heroes to be commemorated with new woodland

Smallholder: Soldiers from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, with Peter Hollins, (Ministry of Defence) and Carol Evans from Woodland Trust Scotland.  Pic: Helen Pugh

9:20am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Scotland’s First World War heroes will be commemorated with new native woodland in the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh.

New findings give hope to red squirrels

Smallholder: The Red Squirrel Initiative protects red squirrels

9:10am Thursday 29th May 2014

Research results published this week found that the culling of grey squirrels can both remove the competitive threat posed to red squirrels and also significantly reduces the disease threat to red squirrels from squirrel pox virus. Surviving grey squirrels show dramatically reduced levels of exposure to the virus.

Rescued hedgehog refuses to leave home

Smallholder: Sandy Boyd with Edinburgh at her fattest

12:00pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

A rescued hedgehog prefers domesticity to the wild and is refusing to leave home. Edinburgh, named after the city where she was found, grew to more than 2.26kg (5lbs) after falling in love with the mealworms she was fed. The chunky hog ended up at nearly twice the weight of an average adult hedgehog.

Appeal to public to count hedgehogs

Smallholder: Why so prickly?

9:00am Monday 26th May 2014

Hedgehog numbers have dropped alarmingly in the last ten years and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust fears up to a third of the UK's hedgehogs have been lost.

Can ‘Lapwing Envy’ trigger a wildlife revival?

Smallholder: From left to right: Professor Nick Sotherton, GWCT Director of Research, Richard Benyon MP and Charles Phillips from Macaroni Farm, Glos.

9:00am Sunday 25th May 2014

Nearly 200 policy makers, farmers, conservationists and scientists joined forces at a thought-provoking research conference that highlighted how wildlife recovery is within our grasp in the UK.

Woodland Trust wins silver at Chelsea

Smallholder: Sleeping Beauty is the theme of the Woodland Trust's exhibit

11:00am Tuesday 20th May 2014

The Woodland Trust's RHS Chelsea exhibit 'Beauty Sleeping', which highlights the need to protect and restore the nation’s irreplaceable ancient woodland, has been awarded a silver medal at the world famous flower show.

To feed or not to feed? - that is the question

Smallholder: Feed birds all year say the BTO  Photo: Josie Latus/BTO

7:20am Tuesday 20th May 2014

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Garden BirdWatch (GBW) team often get asked during the summer whether, or not, to continue feeding garden birds. The answer is yes; the BTO’s advice is to feed all year round as garden birds may struggle to find food at any time of year.

Advances in technology reveal local bat species

Smallholder: Greater Horseshoe Bat Project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

9:47am Tuesday 29th April 2014

A new study, just published in the journal British Wildlife shows how recent advances in technology can give anyone the opportunity to find out what species of bats are present in their local area. The study reveals the tremendous success of the Norfolk Bat Survey, a ‘citizen science’ project involving volunteers from across the county of Norfolk.

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?

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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



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