One of the Higher Level Stewardship scheme options that we signed up for is Educational Access and during the 5 years that we have been in the scheme we have hosted over 100 farm visits. These have ranged from WI groups to Guides and Brownies and history groups to Suffolk Wildlife Trust staff. Today was the turn of Otley College’s Conservation students and we have had a very enjoyable day. With farmland conservation one of our main passions and being such a topical issue at the moment we feel it is very important to show all of the positive work that we do when it comes balancing commercial arable production with effective wildlife management, especially to the potential conservation advisors of the future. With a possible ‘Greening of the Common Agricultural policy’ on the horizon, more money being made available for agri-environment schemes and farmers taking more interest and pride it their farmland wildlife, good advice becomes even more important. It was especially heartening to listen to their good ideas and conservation plans when we set them a farmland advice scenario, coming up with good practical ideas that would fit into with farming practices and benefit target species.
We are starting to fill up next year’s diary now so if anyone would like to book a visit for next year or any further information about our educational visits get in contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.