Farmer clusters – good news for conservation

15 July 2019. Joe Dimbleby takes an in-depth look at one farmer’s successful conservation of harvest mice and the huge conservation benefits brought by Farmer Clusters. Read more.

Francis Buner interview on Natural England podcast

26 June 2019. Episode seven of the Natural England Hampshire Downs Farmland Conservation Podcast is available for download! It is the third of three discussing cluster farms. This interview is with Francis Buner of the Game and Wildlife conservation Trust. He leads on the international PARTRIDGE project and on the demonstration site Rotherfield Estate. Read more.

Debbie Miller interview on Natural England podcast

19 June 2019. Episode six of the Natural England Hampshire Downs Farmland Conservation Podcast is now available for download! It is the second of three discussing cluster farms. This week we hear from Debbie Miller who works with a group of farmers within the Selbourne cluster near Winchester. Read more.

Kate and Derek Faulkner interview on Natural England podcast

14 June 2019. Natural England have released their very first podcast and episode five is the first of three discussing cluster farms. This interview on the Hampshire Downs Farmland Conservation Podcast is with Kate and Derek Faulkner of Norton Farm and the Selbourne cluster near Winchester. Read more.

What can farmers, gamekeepers and reserve wardens do now to protect ground nesting birds?

30 April 2019. Following the licences changes, GWCT Head of Advisory Dr. Roger Draycott outlines what farmers, gamekeepers and reserve wardens can do now to protect ground nesting birds. Read more.

NFU President tweets her support

18 January 2019. NFU President Minette Batters has shared her support for the work being done by farmers in the Martin Down Cluster:

Winter supplementary feeding with the Selborne Landscape Partnership

14 December 2018. The Selborne Landscape Partnership recently held a hedgerow management event and took the opportunity to distribute feeders to those farmers in attendance. Read more.

Facilitate Agricultural Innovation – Short course at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester

7 December 2018. This 2.5 day course will provide the knowledge and skills to facilitate learning processes with farmers and stimulate practice change and innovation. Attendees will come away with confidence to guide these learning processes and start applying them in practice. Download flyer.

Caring, collaborating and counting heralded as ‘the new norm’ at farming conference

6 November 2018. Those who are passionate about wildlife were left enthused by a series of heartfelt talks as the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Farmer Cluster Conference proved to be a real hit. Read more.

Michael Gove announces new funding to protect bees

24 October 2018. Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced a £60,000 fund to develop and test pollinator habitat mapping. The Martin Down farmer “Super Cluster” in Hampshire, led by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, farmers and landowners will provide training and advice to enable three farmer clusters to protect and enhance wildlife, including pollinators. Read more.

Packed line-up for returning Farmer Cluster Conference

24 August 2018. Farmers, facilitators, advisors, policy makers and those passionate about wildlife will be heading to The Birmingham & Midland Institute for the second Farmer Cluster Conference on November 1st. Read more.