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Farming with Nature

Brown hare in grass

1pm - 2pm: Norwich Arts Centre

Climate Change & Sustainability Free Talk Nature & Environment

51 St Benedict's Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG

Sponsored by:

Bringing the wild back to UK farms.

At least 70 per cent of land in the UK is farmed — for crops or livestock — meaning farming is by far the biggest driver of landscape health and the fortunes of our wildlife. Is it right to blame farmers for the wholesale decline in wildlife of the past century? What can — and should — farmers do for our wildlife? Are food production and nature conservation compatible in today’s UK?

Join Jake Fiennes (Holkham Estate), Ed Pope (Watatunga Wildlife Reserve) and Bill Jordan (Pensthorpe) in a panel chaired by Norfolk naturalist Nick Acheson as — with no holds barred — they debate the complex relationship between farming and wildlife in the UK and beyond.

Recommended age: all ages

Cost: Free, booking recommended

Jake Fiennes

Jake is the director of Holkham National Nature Reserve and spent 24 years as Estate Manager on the 5,500ac Raveningham Estate in South Norfolk. Jake implemented a landscape delivery of a range of environmental measures whilst producing high yielding, high quality food. As part of this, he collaborated with practitioners on and adjacent to the Estate; maintaining key values in the delivery of a range of habitats within the farmed landscape. The Holkham Estate covers 25,000ac and is one of a handful of private landowners with approved body status to manage a National Nature Reserve. Holkham NNR covers 9,600ac of which Holkham owns 4,200ac and the remainder is owned by the Crown Estate and currently managed by Natural England. Jake is also facilitator for the North Norfolk Landscape Partnership covering 8,500Ha. 

Nick Acheson

Nick Acheson lives in a flint cottage by a duckpond beside the River Wensum in North Norfolk. He grew up nearby, beside the River Stiffkey. In the process of moving three miles between North Norfolk rivers, he spent ten years in South America (largely by the Rivers Piraí, Iténez and Mamoré in Bolivia), four in India (along the Brahmaputra, among many others) and worked with wildlife on every continent. Having reflected deeply on climate, biodiversity and ecotourism, he has given up flying, preferring to cycle around North Norfolk, and walk along the Wensum. He writes, speaks and teaches about wildlife, landscape and conservation, often on behalf of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Pensthorpe and Felbeck Trust.