Kathryn Smith

Case Study: Restoration of rank wetland habitats to benefit waders

Author: Dan Brown, Dr Duncan Allison & Sarah Bird Farm: Anston Farm, Dunsyre, South Lanarkshire Aims: Anston is a 651 ha mixed upland livestock farm in South Lanarkshire. A variety…

Case Study : Bumper crops from hedgerows

Author: Jo Terry Farm: Upper Hollowfields Farm, Worcestershire Aims: Upper Hollowfields is a mixed farm with arable crops and cattle/sheep grazing the grassland areas. The hedgerow pattern contributes to the historic…

Case Study: Rush control creates habitats for wading birds and black grouse in the North Pennines

Author: Janet Fairclough Farm: Farms in Baldersdale and Lunedale, North Pennines, Durham Aims: In the North Pennine Dales, the RSPB are working with farmers and land managers to enhance farm…

Case Study: Wet grassland for breeding waders in Oxfordshire

Author: James Taylor Farm: North Aston Farms, Oxfordshire The family has owned the farm since 1907, and we brought management back ‘in-house’ in the 1960s. We converted to organic status…

Case Study: Delivering for yellowhammers in Northern Ireland

Wild bird cover and the retention of winter stubbles were chosen to help provide adequate feeding opportunities for priority seed-eating bird species such as the yellowhammer, tree sparrow, skylark and linnet. These features are important during the harsh winter months, when food sources are often scarce

Case Study: Managing for breeding waders on Shetland

Author: Sue White Farm: Uradale Farm, Shetland Aims: Breeding waders are very much iconic species in Shetland. This particular feature forms an integral part of a holistic plan and along…

Case Study: Using unharvested cereal headlands combined with cultivated margins on heavy land

Author: Martin Lines Farm: Papley Grove Farm, Cambridgeshire Aims: Using options that need spring establishment can be difficult on heavy land. We wanted to find a way of providing conservation management…

Case Study: Managing for wildlife in Caithness

Author: Katy Malone Farm: Todholes Farm, Caithness Todholes Farm is a 170ha lowland livestock farm in Caithness, where Ian Campbell raises prize winning beef cattle and sheep. Ian Campbell took…

Case Study: Using ELS to maximise wildlife benefits in the Fens

Author: Steve Pinder Farm: Greeves Farm, Cambridgeshire I am a County Council tenant farmer. I grow winter wheat, beet, rape, and potatoes. I used to grow plots of miscanthus as game…

Case Study: Establishing a nectar mix on chalk in the Yorkshire Wolds

Author: Chris Tomson Farm: Towthorpe Manor Farm Aims: Towthorpe Manor Farm is a 242ha arable farm with chalk dales grazed with native breed cattle. There is a small shoot with…