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NFU environment report ‘fails to recognise urgent challenges’, says RSPB

The RSPB has hit out at the NFU’s recently-published report on the farmed environment, saying it ‘fails to recognise the urgency of the environmental challenges’ on the horizon.

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NFU environment report ‘fails to recognise urgent challenges’, says RSPB

The comments followed a tweet from Tom Lancaster, the society’s principal policy officer for agriculture, in which he suggested the union’s report was ignoring any role farming might have played in the decline of wildlife.

 

 

Mr Lancaster’s remarks sparked a backlash, with farmers saying they had been made to feel ‘alienated’.

 

 

 

 


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The NFU also responded to the ‘disappointing’ tweet, saying effective partnerships would be key to protecting the environment in future.

 

 

Speaking to Farmers Guardian afterwards, Mr Lancaster acknowledged he had not been able to hear the debate at the conference where the report was launched, and said Twitter was ‘an imperfect way to communicate’.

 

“We work with some farmers doing amazing things for nature, and my comment on Twitter was aimed squarely at the NFU’s report,” he added.

“This fails to recognise the urgency of the environmental challenges we face, and does not serve those farmers who already do a great deal for nature.

 

“We stand ready to work with the NFU to try and create a better future for farming and wildlife, but this needs to start with a frank and objective appraisal of the state we are in now. This report does not do that.”

 

You can read the NFU report HERE and a full comment piece from Mr Lancaster can be read HERE.

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