Know How / Biodiversity

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Groundswell stirs debate over certified regen standards

Debate is intensifying over whether regenerative agriculture should be properly monitored and certified to prevent people jumping on the bandwagon without abiding by its principles. The increasing popularity of regen…

ENVIRONMENT

Q&A: How trading natural capital credits could work

With input costs rising exponentially and production margins squeezed, farmers are showing increasing interest in the opportunities that might arise from trading their natural capital. It is, therefore, little surprise…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Key lessons from £12m arable farming and wildlife project

A better understanding of the contribution made by nature-based solutions to improving the resilience of productive arable land and its ability to deliver higher yields has come from the recently…

BIODIVERSITY

New co-op to trade 'natural capital' in River Avon catchment

A group of farmers in the River Avon catchment in Hampshire have come together to form a new co-operative, designed to trade in various "public goods" for their mutual benefit.…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Hedgerows and grazing are transition focus for upland farm

Better grazing management and more hedgerows are among the long-term targets for upland beef and sheep producer Irwel Jones. A third-generation farmer, Mr Jones, took over the 375ha Aberbranddu Farm,…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

How agroforestry venture adds value to natural capital

Line after line of newly planted trees stretch across a 13ha field on the outskirts of the village of Barton Bendish in west Norfolk. The trees are part of an…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

How natural capital is thriving at pioneering farm

A working experimental farm in the small Leicestershire village of Loddington is developing groundbreaking natural capital schemes that benefit farmers.  The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Allerton Project has been…

ARABLE

Video: Why cows and trees are part of Essex arable business

George Young is making big changes to his arable business with nature at its heart. Read the full report and watch the videos for more detail on his tree planting…

BIODIVERSITY

Arable land set aside to create habitat for endangered newts

Two large “ghost ponds” have been reclaimed from a 5ha arable field in Kent as part of a countywide project to restore habitat for great crested newts – a European…

ENVIRONMENT

Nature-friendly farming – two farmers show how it's done

To help farmers reduce their carbon footprint and farm in a more "nature-friendly" way, a report  from the Nature Friendly Farming Network has identified eight practical measures that can be…

ENVIRONMENT

Farmer group sets out practical guide to net zero future

A new report, Farming For Climate Action: What are we waiting for? from the Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN) - a farmer-led initiative - sets out eight areas for action…

PIGS

How grass cover improves pig performance on outdoor units

Grass cover crops have led to improved pig performance, water and soil quality and increased biodiversity in trials based on two outdoor pig units in East Anglia. The trials are…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

How to make your arable farm business more sustainable

Simple management changes can help make arable farming more sustainable – and often more profitable too, say analysts. The environmental and financial performance of a typical 600ha arable unit (see…

ROTATIONS

Why regen farmer opted for a rotation with no break crops

A wheat/wheat/fallow rotation might not be in the minds of many growers, especially one committed to moving a business towards a more regenerative approach. But assuming this season’s trial is…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

How conservation covenants fit in with new support schemes

Conservation covenants are a new tool designed to help with the government’s core commitment to enhance the natural environment for future generations. They will be voluntary, but legally binding, agreements…

NEWS

OFC 2022: Risks surround monetisation of carbon credits

Farm businesses risk jeopardising their own future emissions targets by cashing in on the “dash for carbon”, a new report warns. On the opening day of the Oxford Farming Conference…

SOILS

Why agroforestry is adding value on arable farms

Agroforestry - the growing of trees and crops on the same piece of land – brings diversity and resilience to a farming system, blending food production and public goods provision,…

ARABLE

Why a climate-positive farm shows value of natural capital

The 1,000ha Cholderton Estate has achieved climate-positive status by capturing more greenhouse gases than it emits, while showing that it is possible to run a profitable farming business in countryside…

ENVIRONMENT

End to cross-compliance in 2024 threatens hedges, says RSPB

Bird enthusiasts are warning of potential damage to thousands of kilometres of English hedgerows if current cross-compliance rules are not replaced with regulation by 2024. Defra’s plans for a new…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Beef grazing project benefits soils and biodiversity

A four-year grazing project on heavy land is improving resilience, biodiversity and soil health without reseeding or winter housing. The aim of the Adaptive Multi-Paddock Grazing Project, running on FAI…