As usual, RSPB staff will be in attendance at various shows and events around the UK over the coming months. The Balmoral Show has already taken place (see a round up of the goings-on below), or if you're after some advice, want to share your experiences or just to catch up with your local team, read on to find out where you can do that.

Balmoral

The Balmoral show represents Northern Ireland’s largest agricultural event. Each year around 115,000 people make their way to the Maze site, just outside Lisburn, to celebrate all that is good about food and farming in Northern Ireland. This year marked the 150th  year of the show, making it a real reason to celebrate. This was no different for us at RSPBNI who used the event to showcase some of the great work that farmers are doing for nature across Northern Ireland. This year we received a huge amount of interest from farmers who want to see nature thrive on their land, whether they’re in county Down, Antrim or Tyrone. We connected with a large number of new farmers looking for support and advice regarding conservation management on their land, who we will be following up with in the coming weeks.

Conservation Advisor Sean Woods advertising RSPB advisory services. Image: RSPB

Additionally, we received a great deal of support from existing farmers that we work with, some of whom volunteered their time to help us out during through the days, for this we are extremely grateful. We also took part in the launch of the Nature Matters Campaign, which is a coalition of environmental organisations in NI working together to achieve a Nature friendly Brexit. This event focused particularly on the opportunity to work together to transform agricultural policy in Northern Ireland, so that it supports farmers to provide environmental public goods, such as clean water and air, healthy soils and a countryside where wildlife thrives. There was good attendance from across the board, including politicians, civil servants, agri-stakeholders and environmental organisations. With this, there is optimism that we can achieve a deal that is good for nature, fair to farmers and benefit society through the delivery of environmental public goods.

Adam Kelly, a County Down Farmer who supports Nature Friendly Farming on his farm. Image: RSPB

This year was certainly a success, demonstrating that there is a growing appetite for nature friendly farming in Northern Ireland, long may it continue. 

Cereals - 13-14 June

We will be attending Cereals at Chrishall Grange, Cambridge. Come and see us at stand 217 where you can talk to our advisors about how to create habitat for specialist farmland species such as turtle doves, corn buntings and lapwings. Meet our guest farmers who have already adopted these measures on their farms and find out how they’ve incorporated these options alongside a sustainable and profitable farm business. We also want to hear from you - what are your thoughts on the future of food and farming in the UK? Our Voxpop team will be on hand to capture what you think the future should look like for the farming sector.