Farming for biodiversity

The RSPB purchased Hope Farm 20 years ago, to identify and demonstrate how to farm profitably while addressing the loss of farmland wildlife. Farm manager Georgie Bray explains how their efforts have since seen the recovery and return of declining farmland populations and a 400% increase in butterflies. Now attention is turning to ways of maintaining production and biodiversity in the face of escalating climate change.

Want to hear more from Georgie? She joined us for a Q&A where we answered your questions about how we can make space for nature.

Georgie Bray

Georgie is a third generation farmer, having lived and grown up on a small arable farm in North Essex before taking her Zoology masters’ degree at the University of Nottingham. She since started working with the RSPB in 2017, working as an assistant and now farm manager at Hope Farm. Now, she oversees the land management on the farm’s research projects, working with the contractor on both the cropping and conservation operations, and the communications strategy on the farm. Georgie also manages and advises on the environmental management back on the family farm at home.

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