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    • New CAP updates available from DEFRA

      23rd Jan 2015
      Defra have produced a fourth CAP reform leaflet, building on the updates that they produced in April, August and October. Defra have also recently released guidance on the 2015 cross-compliance requirementsand soils GAECs. This latest update contains the Countryside Stewardship leaflet that they released in November, as well as more ...Read More...

      GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count 7th - 15th February

      16th Jan 2015
      Do you know what birds are using your farm this winter?  Do you have large flocks of fieldfares and redwing from Scandinavia, resident yellowhammers adding a splash of colour on a drab winters day, or coveys of grey partridge searching stubble fields for food? On 7th to 15th February, the Game and Wildlife Trust (GWCT) are holding t...Read More...

      Happy New Year from the South Downs Farmland Bird Initiative

      5th Jan 2015
      2014 was a busy year for the SDFBI.   Over the past 12 months we have launched sdfarmbirds.com, produced two Farm Flyers, and started the SDFBI Bird Monitoring Project. However, this alone will not help farmland birds, it is the vital work that you as farmers and landowners undertake that deserves the real credit.  A ...Read More...

      Results from the first year of the SDFBI monitoring project are now in

      15th Dec 2014
      In 2014, the SDFBI initiated a survey project to help gather data on the populations of farmland birds across the South Downs.  Based on the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), the project surveyed to total of 112 randomly selected 1km squares in 2014.  A map of the squares surveyed can be viewed h...Read More...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme update

      26th Nov 2014
      Natural England have now released further details of the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme and the payment rates (subject to approval from the European Commission) for the management options and capital items.  An overview of the scheme can be found here, and the new payment rates here Further details are explained in the fun...Read More...

      Turtle Doves - A Bird on the Brink

      17th Nov 2014
      Turtle doves are summer visitors to the UK, arriving here around the beginning of May, and heading back to their sub-Saharan wintering grounds around the end of September.  Although only with us for about 5 months each year, these small doves have captured the imagination of writers and artists, being referenced in William Shakespeare’s ...Read More...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme is back!

      7th Nov 2014
      NELMS, or the New Environmental Land Management Scheme, was always meant to be a temporary title whilst the replacement for ELS and HLS was being developed.  There was even a vote earlier this year to decide on what the working name of the new scheme would be.  Well the wait is now over, in her speech on Wednesday 4th November, Environmen...Read More...

      FarmWildlife - an online resource for farmers and advisors

      5th Nov 2014
      FarmWidlife, an online resource for farmers and advisors, has recently gone live.  Developed by farmers for farmers, the site brings together the best industry-agreed advice to provide you with everything you need to make the right decisions for your farm and the environment. Containing templates to create your own environmental plan, guest b...Read More...

      Cluster farms - working across farm boundaries

      31st Oct 2014
      Yesterday I attended a meeting where a group of farmers in West Sussex were looking at the possibilities of expanding their conservation work beyond the farm boundary by adopting a ‘cluster’ farm approach.  As we all know, wildlife doesn’t know where one farm ends and the other begins, so this seems like a great idea to me. ...Read More...