The continued downward trend in UK biodiversity, as documented in the most recent State of Nature report, demands a new approach to tackling species and habitat declines. Farmland makes up around 75% of the UK landscape, and is therefore an important focus for further research. This is even more pertinent in light of the imminent departure of Britain from the EU and the potential loss of stewardship subsidies. It also presents an opportunity for more effective investment in farmland biodiversity protection.
I grew up with farming and know how much pressure farmers are under to produce more food, at less cost, whilst minimising pollution and impacts on wildlife. I am Interested in identifying ways to support and increase farmland biodiversity that are practical, replicable & communicable, whilst avoiding compromising farmers scope to make a living and grow food whenever possible.