Preserve wildlife

For the past 25 years, many local farmers have become wildlife champions and have helped some of our most threatened species by providing food and shelter.

Using payments for wildlife-friendly farming – known as agri-environment schemes – some of these ‘champions’ have reversed population crashes of those species most in trouble and some species, now largely depend on wildlife-friendly farmers for their future survival in the UK.

But just as we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of these schemes and their achievements, the President of the European Union Council is proposing to slash their budget by as much as 20 per cent.

This could have a devastating effect on the future of our local countryside wildlife. Many species are still suffering population declines and our farmers can only help them if they are given the right resources.

Later this week, David Cameron will be discussing the future EU budget with other heads of state. Anyone who cares about nature can help protect wildlife-friendly farming schemes by emailing Mr Cameron ahead of the meeting (via rspb.org.uk/steppingup) and urging him to invest in the future of our rural wildlife.

Amanda Miller, RSPB conservation manager for northern England.

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10:27am Tue 20 Nov 12

Ichabod76 says...

why do farmers need to be paid to help conserve wildlife ?
why do farmers need to be paid to help conserve wildlife ? Ichabod76

2:23pm Tue 20 Nov 12

ColdAsChristmas says...

Apart from disease and old age, the biggest threat to our wildlife is the domestic cat.
Keeping these aggressive furballs in after dark would save a lot of wildlife and also keep our electricity bills down too.
BTW, this would cost nothing.
Apart from disease and old age, the biggest threat to our wildlife is the domestic cat. Keeping these aggressive furballs in after dark would save a lot of wildlife and also keep our electricity bills down too. BTW, this would cost nothing. ColdAsChristmas

5:17pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Matt_S says...

Paying farmers makes up 30-40% of the EU's budget, in the form of the Common Agricultural Policy.

We should prioritise improving education and reducing inequality and poverty. When people feel better off and possess a greater understanding of the world, they will proactively make decisions that are more environmentally friendly.
Paying farmers makes up 30-40% of the EU's budget, in the form of the Common Agricultural Policy. We should prioritise improving education and reducing inequality and poverty. When people feel better off and possess a greater understanding of the world, they will proactively make decisions that are more environmentally friendly. Matt_S

2:00am Wed 21 Nov 12

ColdAsChristmas says...

People will be much better off when we get rid of subsidies for wind turbines, pushing up the cost of electricity. Stop contaminating petrol with Ethanol, pushing the cost of food skyward. Talking of the Sky, the ridiculous amount of tax known as Airport duty, making sunshine holidays cost too much for the many.
Improving education a very good thing. Removing junk science No 1 priority.
People will be much better off when we get rid of subsidies for wind turbines, pushing up the cost of electricity. Stop contaminating petrol with Ethanol, pushing the cost of food skyward. Talking of the Sky, the ridiculous amount of tax known as Airport duty, making sunshine holidays cost too much for the many. Improving education a very good thing. Removing junk science No 1 priority. ColdAsChristmas

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