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. The health of our habitats and soils are linked to the ability of our land to keep sustaining us and producing the food we need to live.
The rise of modern industrial farming methods, particularly following World War II, has mirrored the decline of wildlife in our countryside, particularly species like farmland birds. More recently there have been concerns about the impact of modern pesticides on wild pollinator populations - vital natural services that nature provides.
Farmland covers around 75% of the UK and so working with the farmers and landowners who manage large areas of the countryside and have a direct influence on how wildlife-friendly it is, is essential if we are going to help nature recover and wildlife re-colonise and disperse through our landscapes. We can protect wildlife on our own land (our nature reserves) but working with farmers gives us the opportunity to work for nature at a greater scale in the landscape and to support farmers who want to create a positive change for nature.
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 involve 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). We work together with other environmental organisations on agriculure policy through Wildlife & Countryside Link.
|Case study: Avon's Wildflower Grasslands||2.11 MB|
|Case study: Abbotts Hall Farm||2.42 MB|
|Case study: Conservation grazing||2.26 MB|
|Case study: Gowy and Mersey Washlands||2.69 MB|
|Case study: Lincs Coastal Grazing Marsh||851.77 KB|
|Case study: Lower Smite Farm||1.96 MB|
|Case study: Mendip Hills||1.94 MB|
|Case study: Meres and Mosses||1.76 MB|
|Case study: Nene Valley||5.36 MB|
|Case study: Pastures New||951.19 KB|
|Case study: Vine House Farm||2.63 MB|
|Case study: Working Wetlands||6.46 MB|