Policy change needed to encourage wildlife friendly farmers

A change of government policy is required to encourage more wildlife-friendly farmers like Nicholas Watts, says RSPB. Photo: SG220912-120NG
A change of government policy is required to encourage more wildlife-friendly farmers like Nicholas Watts, says RSPB. Photo: SG220912-120NG
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A new report has charted the ongoing disappearance of once familiar countryside birds in Lincolnshire.

The latest State of the UK’s Birds report reveals many of our most common countryside birds are undergoing sweeping changes, with some experiencing “plummeting population declines” compared with the 1990s.

In some parts of the UK, these birds have disappeared completely.

The statistics are particularly alarming for this part of the country, once a stronghold for farmland bird species that are now under threat.

However, senior RSPB conservation officer Simon Tonkin sees hope in the “wildlife friendly farmers” taking action to reverse the decline.

These include Nicholas Watts, of Vine House Farm at Deeping St Nicholas. He received first prize in the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Awards earlier this year.

Simon said government policies were needed to ensure other farmers could become wildlife friendly.