Across the UK, The Wildlife Trusts are working closely with farmers and landowners.
A healthy natural environment, where farmland is producing food but also bursting with wildlife, underpins sustainable farming systems. Likewise farming and land management are critical to creating A Living Landscape.
Farmland covers around 75% of the UK so working with farmers is essential if nature is going to recover and wildlife re-colonise and disperse through our landscapes.
Manage our own farms
We own and manage 20 working farms across the UK, from lowland arable to upland hill farms. We use these to demonstrate wildlife-friendly farming methods and several are managed in partnership with local farmers.
Advise other farmers and landowners
Each year Wildlife Trusts provide advice to around 5,000 landowners on how to manage land for wildlife. This often involves helping farmers to access grants and can also invole helping groups of farmers to restore and link habitats at a landscape-scale. Our Farming for A Living Landscape case studies below illustrate this approach.
Campaign to improve agriculture policy for wildlife
Agriculture policy shapes the landscapes around us, and, since the groundbreaking Silsoe Conference in 1969, The Wildlife Trusts have been involved with campaigns to improve environmental conditions of agriculture policy for UK wildlife, particularly around the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). You can find our about our work on the current round of CAP reform here.
|Case study: Avon Wildflower Grasslands||2.11 MB|
|Case study: Lincs Coastal Grazing Marsh||851.77 KB|
|Case study: Pastures New||951.19 KB|
|Case study: Vine House Farm||2.63 MB|