The county of Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight is co-ordinated by Peter Thompson and the Regional Coordination Team
Peter Thompson and Regional Coordination Team (RCT) manages and coordinates a wide range of events and activities to raise awareness of, and engagement with, the Campaign. He is available to help you support the Campaign for the Farmed Environment on your holding.
CFE Local Priority Plans
The CFE Local Liaison Group (LLG) produces a Local Priority Plan (LPP).
This LPP is based on environmental issues relevant to the area and complements the national CFE messages and priorities. The LPP is produced by the local coordinator by drawing on local partner expertise. The LLP will help the LLG decide which habitats or species and water quality issues to target, so it can tailor activity accordingly.
This process of developing the LPP is farmer led and simple to accomplish. The LPPs are also working documents, and will be adapted as appropriate.
View the Hampshire plan here.
Click here to read how Jonathon Stacey advocates environmental management on Church Lane Farm, Silchester.
Click here to read how Mick Rowsell supports the Campaign for the Farmed Environment on Crux Easton arable Farm.
Review of Events
Cover Crop Demonstrations
BLOG by Peter Thompsom
Read here to see how farmers fared at the recent Cover Crop demonstrations organised by Hampshire CFE.
Pollinator Farm Walk - 8th July 2014
BLOG by Peter Thompson
Pollinators, pollinators, pollinators – that is probably the top message coming out of DEFRA at the moment!
I expect that most people immediately think of Honey bees when pollination is talked about, and if pushed, might add Bumble bees to the list as well. But in fact there is an enormous number of species that are important in the pollination process including Hoverflies, Flies, Butterflies, Moths, Wasps, Beetles, Midges, Thrips, Bugs and even some Mammals can play a part.
Yesterday (with my campaign for the farmed environment (CFE) hat on) I joined the Hampshire Wildlife Trust (HWT) in north Hampshire, to run an event on what farmers and land managers can do to help all these pollinators, as there is plenty of evidence that many of them are not faring well in our countryside at the moment.
Government is presently working on a “Pollinator strategy” to try to encourage more flowers, especially those rich in pollen and nectar, to be planted across the landscape. The new Stewardship scheme, when details are announced either towards the backend of this year or maybe early next year, will undoubtedly concentrate on this as one of its main themes.
The event went well, starting off with Alison Cross (HWT) emptying out a moth trap which she had set the night before, enthralling people with moths such as the Drinker and Poplar Hawkmoth. Then the group walked across College Copse farm, which is owned and managed by the HWT, to look at and discuss ways to improve farmland for these pollinators.
I think the attendees went away with a much better understanding of what can be done to encourage these important species, remembering also just how vital they are in providing a crucial role in the pollination of many of the crops we grow. In parts of China and Japan, they now employ people to walk around pollinating crops as they have lost the natural wildlife to do it for them – how crazy is that! Pollinators contribute over £400 million per annum to the UK economy and €14.2 billion per annum to the EU economy – best that we do not forget that.
To contact Peter:
Email -[email protected]
Phone - 07710344340