Around the table with Martin Lines, South Cambs farmer and Chairman of the Nature Friendly Farming Network

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Martin Lines, arable farmer in South Cambridgeshire and chairman of the Nature Friendly Farming Network. Martin has worked with a number of other farmers across the country, voluntarily, to set up an organisation that helps farmers to farm sustainably for wildlife. They have achieved something quite... Continue Reading →


Murmurings are afoot

The sky is full of wet clouds that don't seem to lift much higher than the ground at the moment. The ice still slumps in puddles at midday into the following night, and with the snow gone, both people and the plants have are suffering a definite slump - very little energy left and many signs... Continue Reading →

A Party with the Nightjars

This week I managed to sacrifice a few too many hours sleep to come and see the Nightjars up at Nottingham. Thankfully, and as expected, the evening was worth every missing wink. It was an evening filled with chicks, churrs and a batman-esque fight between two very frisky males - an event that had to be... Continue Reading →

Cereals 2017

This month has been a baptism by fire in my new job as assistant manager at RSPB's Hope Farm in Cambridgeshire. My first week working full time at the farm, following finishing my masters degree, and we were off to the Cereals 2017 event in Lincolnshire. This is one of the biggest events in agriculture,... Continue Reading →

Mimicking a Lab Rat

It is becoming more and more apparent in conservation that we need a good understanding of translocation biology, and my research is working on just that. This is the moving of individuals of a species either between populations in the wild or from captivity into wild populations to boost genetic diversity. Where isolated populations have depleted... Continue Reading →

Savouring Every Last Drop

Everybody has noticed more hours of light in the first week of March, and with more hours of beautiful sun comes a new urged desire to spend as much time enjoying it as possible. The air has a new and fresh scent, and the light that greets you as you walk out the door has... Continue Reading →

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