On Tuesday we had our regular monthly talk at the Woodville Halls in the Kent Room. Our speaker was Ian Dillon, Farm Manager for the RSPB managed farm in Cambridgeshire. Ian explained that he worked the farm in a conventional way and his aim was to make a good profit. What he did however was to “tweak” his managment to ensure that the farm was a home to lots of wildlife. It was often the case that this could be done on uneconomic parts of the farm. His big challenge was to persuade other farmers of the benefits for all.
Many of our farmland birds are in decline – such as the grey partridge. Since the RSPB started managing the farm most of the birds and other wildlife have flourished with perhaps skylarks showing the biggest gains.
This all seems to be a “win – win” situation. And indeed many farmers have taken up the challenge and made changes to their farming practice. However there is still a long way to go. Let’s hope that our farmland birds can wait that long.
Thanks to Ian for an interesting update on the work of the RSPB. Find out more about Hope Farm.
Our next talk “Waders, Waders Everywhere” by Chris Ward will be very different. A date for your diary 28th January 2014 – Woodville Halls 2.00pm