Birds, butterflies and bees get a boost in Dorset from new nature-friendly farming scheme
Thursday 7th July 2016
A farm in Dorset will be taking part in a new and unique collaboration between the Wildlife Trusts, Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) and Jordans, to create a new model for sustainable farming.
The Jordans Farm Partnership will see 42 progressive arable farms nationally take part in the new scheme, which is designed to address key issues facing rural communities today, including the decline of priority wildlife species, producing more food for a growing population, the need to reduce greenhouse gases associated with agriculture and the need to support rural communities.
The scheme will benefit everyone!
Field Barn Farm in Winterbourne, Dorset, will be taking part in the scheme and growing crops for Jordans, who provide help to grow the best possible oats. Farm manager, Graham Birch said, “Working with DWT is very worthwhile as they are providing practical help to develop our wildlife action plan and begin monitoring our breeding birds’ population. In doing this, the consumer can be confident that by purchasing Jordans cereals, they are helping reinforce and sustain wildlife friendly farming. We are setting aside 10% of our land to provide wildlife habitats and in particular, we are trying to link-up habitats to create wildlife corridors. I would love to enhance our existing natural wildflower meadows, with a bit of extra effort I believe that we can create better conditions for our four species of chalk downland orchids.”
Rare farmland birds given a boost...
Some of the features on Field Barn Farm’s action for wildlife include creating excellent habitats for corn buntings, which involves setting aside large areas for nesting and feeding. The results are already showing a thriving community of increasingly rare farmland birds.
A fantastic opportunity for both wildlife and consumer...
DWT’s Conservation Officer, Emily Newton will be acting as a wildlife advisor for Field Barn Farm. She said, “Dorset Wildlife Trust has a long history of working with farmers locally to help maximise the wildlife habitats on their land, so we’re delighted to be working with Field Barn Farm on this initiative. We’ll be advising them on how they can use their land to benefit wildlife, and we’ll be monitoring grasslands, farmland birds and the presence of insects through surveys to track their progress. This is a great opportunity not only for wildlife, but also for the consumer to get the best quality oats in their products from Jordans.”
Find out more...
To find out more about this initiative visit the Wildlife Trusts website here.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
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