23 November 2000
RSPB backs farmers on environment

By FWi staff

THE RSPB, Europes largest wildlife conservation group, has backed British farmers who believe environmental scheme payments should be more generous.

Graham Wynne, RSPB chief executive said environmental payments should be related to the value of the environmental assets produced by farmers.

Addressing a conference in London on Thursday (23 November), Mr Wynne said the future of one-third of Europes birds rested with the future of farming.

“Farmers must lead the way out of the crisis, but governments must put policies in place that allow it to happen. We want to keep Britain farming.”