Farming for wildlife
When you want to make small changes, do things differently. When you want to make big changes, see things differently. Or so an esoteric old-timer told his young farming neighbour. As we began to think about long term plans for our farm, our understanding of sustainable agriculture made us see the countryside around us in a new light.
British wildlife is vanishing, not because we paved paradise, as only 6% of the UK is built on (but complete respect for Joni Mitchell). Our wildlife is disappearing, because it is barely able to cling on to the scraps left behind by modern farming practises. By maintaining grassland for one or two species like the dairy cow and woolly ewe, by ploughing in monocultures for animal feed, by spraying the land with an ever increasing cocktail of chemicals, little is growing except what we put there. Viewed through the prism of biodiveristy, modern farms are effectively rural deserts with a couple of species growing where there use to be hundreds flourishing. We are determined to ensure that our farm is full of life.