Methods used by the RSPB to boost farmland wildlife could be encouraged on more farms across England following CAP reform, suggests farm minister David Heath.

Following a CAP deal struck in Europe, the UK has secured the flexibility to transfer up to 15% of money from direct farm payments into agri-environment schemes.

Mr Heath visited the RSPB’s Hope Farm – a working commercial farm where a range of agri-environment measures have seen farmland bird numbers more than double.

The farm in Knapwell, Cambridgeshire, is also used to experiment with new techniques for boosting wildlife numbers.

 

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