Good news for farmland birds and taxpayers

An RSPB -led study demonstrates that well-designed agri-environment schemes can help farmland birds to recover towards their previous levels.  This information is important at a time when the UK may be escaping the constraints of the EU Common Agricultural Policy and will be free to do a better job (or indeed a worse one) in…

Bird Fair books – review – Farming and Birds by Ian Newton

I sometimes wonder how many New Naturalists are read rather than collected as an investment – well this one should be read. Ian Newton has never produced a duff book – his works are characterised by clarity and suffused by a deep knowledge of the biology of the subjects on which he writes.  This one…

Letter to my MP

Dear Mr Pursglove Thank you for your response to my earlier letters, and I have just received the response from Chris Skidmore MP, Cabinet Office, on the Lobbying Act. But before I comment briefly on those responses, and return to another issue, may I congratulate you on your appointment as PPS to Dr Liam Fox…

Farming subsidy debate gets moving…

We’ll have to see what ‘Green Brexit’ Gove actually says today, and then watch like hawks (harriers, eagles, kites and falcons) what he actually does.  But there is clearly something afoot when the Today programme stirs itself on the subject of agricultural payments (click here and two bits – at 08:10 and 08:55). The first…

Brexit – so that’s all very clear then?

If the general election is about Brexit then we should by now have a clear idea of what will happen to environmental protection and agricultural policy after Brexit.  In particular, we should have a clear idea from the Conservative Party, although Labour (the only realistic alternative government (even though, in places other parties’ candidates may…