Farmers start 2,500ha nature friendly zone in the Brecks

Corn bunting numbers have dropped 90 per cent since the 1970s'''Photo: Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) ANL-160127-151125001
Corn bunting numbers have dropped 90 per cent since the 1970s'''Photo: Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) ANL-160127-151125001

Farmers from the Feltwell and Hockwold area of the Brecks have formed the county’s first ‘Nature Friendly Zone’ to champion wildlife-friendly farming in an effort to help reverse the long term decline of farmland wildlife.

Five farms, covering an area of over 2,500 hectares to the west of Weeting, have formed the Nature Friendly Zone, with the support of the RSPB, to pool their shared knowledge and experience, and to raise awareness of wildlife-friendly farming.

The five are J.S Young Farms (Grange Farm); J Peacock & Sons Ltd (Field Farm); M W Cock Brothers (Glebe Farm); E.W. Porter & Son (Grange farm); Frederick Hiam (Brandon Fields).

Chris Cock, who farms Glebe Farm in Feltwell, said: “I am keen to play my part in delivering long term benefits to wildlife.”

RSPB farmland conservation adviser Andrew Holland said: “Farmland bird numbers in the UK have halved since 1970.”