Free wildlife-friendly advice for farmers

Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra), Balranald nature reserve, North Uist, Scotland.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra), Balranald nature reserve, North Uist, Scotland.

Nature conservation charity, the RSPB, wants to hear from farmers in the Scarborough area and beyond who are interested in helping nature thrive on their land.

Nationally, farmland wildlife is struggling, with a recent report revealing that six out of ten species have declined over the past five decades.

However, the Yorkshire Wolds and Coast boasts some excellent habitats for wildlife and has huge potential to help boost declining farmland birds, as well as other animals from butterflies and bees to hares and hedgehogs.

As a result, the RSPB is offering free advice to any farmers in the area who want to manage their land in a more wildlife-friendly way.

Chris Tomson, RSPB Conservation Adviser for the Yorkshire Wolds and Coast, said: “By concentrating our efforts here and in other areas around the country with similar potential, we hope to make significant steps, working with farmers to help declining species such as corn buntings and grey partridges to recover and thrive.

“As food production is always the priority for any farming enterprise, I am advising farmers on how they can make their land better for wildlife without compromising their crops or income.

“From my experience working as both a farm manager and as an agricultural conservation adviser I know that wildlife can flourish on commercially successful farms.”

As well as technical advice, the RSPB is also offering farmers in the Yorkshire Wolds and Coast area free farmland bird surveys.

These stock takes will show what wildlife makes its home on a farm and, when repeated at a later date, will reveal how a farmer’s efforts are producing real results for wildlife.

Farmers interested in chatting to Chris about giving nature a home on their land can call him on 07900 164 601 or email him at chris.tomson@rspb.org.uk