As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Farmers to help with habitats

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

Nationally, farmland wildlife is struggling, with the recent State of Nature 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 is the RSPB Conservation Adviser for the Yorkshire Wolds and Coast. He explains: “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.”

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