A new report demonstrates how tailor-made farm wildlife plans – partially devised by Wildlife Trust advisors – has resulted in population upsurges of species like Common Linnet, Silver-washed Fritillary and Brown Hare on Jordans Farm Partnership land.

In 2018, a group of more than 40 Jordans oat growers farmed over 15,500 hectares, devoting around 30 per cent (4,600 hectares) of their land to wildlife.

Hedgerows, field margins and ponds have been established in these nature-friendly areas, creating vital corridors to enable animals to spread out and move through the landscape.

Stephanie Hilborne, CEO of The Wildlife Trusts, said: "We are hugely impressed with the commitment of these cereal farmers to support wildlife and the environment, which will benefit generations to come. They are playing an important role in nature's recovery.

There are 42 farms in the Jordans partnership and each one works with an advisor from their local Wildlife Trust. Winter cover crops are grown to provide food for farmland birds and stubble is left in fields, the latter particularly beneficial to Common Linnet, Corn Bunting and Tree Sparrow.

Corn bunting by Frank Vassen

Voles, and species like Barn Owl that rely on them, have benefited from long grass that's been allowed to grow around field edges. Many grass margins support insects, with their larvae food for the chicks of both partridge species, Northern Lapwing and Yellowhammer. On one farm in Hertfordshire, a recent survey revealed the largest-known counts of Common Linnet and Brambling for the county – proof of the significant benefits nature-friendly farming can provide.

Paul Murphy, CEO of Jordans Dorset Ryvita Company, said: "The Jordans brand has a long-standing commitment to nature and our work supporting conservation in the British countryside dates back over 30 years. We are immensely proud of the Jordans Farm Partnership and the positive impact it is having" 

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