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Case study: Are herbal leys good for bumblebees?

A new study by Bumblebee Conservation Trust  Introduction Herbal leys (also called multi-species leys) contain a mix of grasses, legumes and herbs, and provide diverse forage for grazing animals. Research...
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Cultivated margins

Cultivated Margins helping arable weeds and Turtle Doves to thrive By John Secker, Glebe Farm Cultivated margin with Common poppy, Bladder campion and White campion. Nothing is sown in these...
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Planning woodland and tree management on an arable farm

RSPB Hope Farm, Cambridgeshire; 181 ha arable farm Aims RSPB Hope Farm seeks to restore biodiversity, whilst maintaining productivity and profitability. As part of this, the RSPB is seeking nature-positive...
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How many pollinators visit your farm – and why are they important?

Brown-banded Carder Bumblebee at Sheepdrove Farm (c) Martin Harvey Catherine Jones from Farm Wildlife highlights why pollinating insects are so important for farming and wildlife on farmland, and recommends a...
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Trees and cattle combine to boost upland wildlife

A case study from Tarnhouse Farm by Ian Ryding, farmland warden Tarnhouse Farm is one of two large upland farms in the North Pennines that form RSPB Geltsdale Nature reserve....
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Restoring “ghost ponds”

Resurrected ghost pond (c) Carl Sayer Resurrecting Ghost Ponds by the UCL Pond Restoration Research Group and Norfolk Ponds Project A 'ghost pond' is an old pond lost to in-filling....
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Helping water voles on your land

Author: People's Trust for Endangered Species Water voles are found throughout the UK. They can thrive in many different wetland habitats in both the lowlands and uplands, such as ditches,...
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Saving the cirl bunting from extinction in the UK

Author: Lynne Roberts A desperate situation The Cirl Bunting is the UK's rarest farmland bird. Having once been widespread in southern England and Wales, the UK population of Cirl Buntings...
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Dairy farm creating a buzz

Authors: Gethin Davies (RSPB), Anna Hobbs (BBCT), Stuart Taylor (farmer, Argoed) Dairying can be a challenging sector for farmers and wildlife. Small margins have driven increasing scale, efficiency and specialisation,...
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Managing hedges for pollinators

Author: Steven Falk It's easy to be dismissive of insects, yet about one-third of all the food we consume has required a pollinator to put it there, and by pollinator,...
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