Fair To Nature
With 1.2 million members, the RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, consistently delivering successful conservation, forging powerful new partnerships with other organisations and inspiring others to stand up and give nature the home it deserves. The RSPB manages 224 nature reserves across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, covering 160,358 hectares. Along with farming activities on some of the nature reserves, the charity puts into practice what it preaches on its own 181 hectare arable farm in Cambridgeshire.
The Fair to Nature scheme helps the RSPB realise its aim to reverse the decline in farmland biodiversity in the UK. Our rigorous Standard promotes and supports long-term, sustainable farming practices to deliver net positive effects on biodiversity while also helping to members progress towards net zero carbon.
Fair to Nature farmers dedicate at least 10% of their farmed land (including areas difficult to farm productively) to managed habitats, which have been scientifically proven to reverse wildlife declines, habitats that are flower-rich, providing food for vital pollinators; seed-rich, providing food for farmland birds and small mammals; connecting habitats, such as hedgerows; wet features like ponds and scrapes, important for so many species.
Fair to Nature links nature-friendly farmers with like-minded food businesses who use the Fair to Nature label on their products and at point of sale to enable the shopper to make sustainable choices.
Find out more about the RSPB’s Fair to Nature certification scheme at www.fairtonature.org.