Guest blog by Jenny Atkins, Agriculture Advice Project Manager
During the last year in Cambridgeshire initially, we have been working on an inspirational scheme that trains participants to monitor a wide range of farm wildlife, provides multi-taxa surveys for farmers, introduces a greater diversity of volunteers to our work and delivers meaningful conservation outcomes yet remains cost-effective to manage. For the farmers involved, this volunteer effort will provide an opportunity to understand the wildlife on each farm and therefore how to best manage habitats accordingly.
Farmland bird surveyor. Image: Colin Wilkinson (rspb-images.com)
With external funding made accessible, work was undertaken alongside Butterfly Conservation, Buglife and Bumblebee Conservation Trust and so benefitted from the strong links to Farm Wildlife – the partnership of organisations working together to provide a single source of best-practice management advice for wildlife on farmland.
The key to the sustainability of any scheme such as this will be the ability for it to operate with volunteers managing teams involved in survey work and their association with the farming community.
Activities and achievements
So far, the project has seen us:
Bee on flower at Grange Farm, Cambridgeshire. Image: Grahame Madge (rspb-images.com)
We are very grateful for the funding made available and extend our thanks to everyone that has supported the work and donated their time as a gift to ensure we stand a chance of making a credible difference in so many aspects of our work, with an expansion into the aforementioned counties next year dependent on continued funding.
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