UK Study Adds Biodiversity Without Compromising Food Production

A long-term farm study in the United Kingdom showed that measures to reduce biodiversity losses don’t have to cause declines in food production. A ten-year study at Hillesden, a 1,000-hectare commercial arable farm in Buckinghamshire, by scientists from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, demonstrated agri-environmental measures to reduce biodiversity loss. These included creating wildlife habitats for birds, pollinators, and small mammals on land that was unprofitable or difficult to farm. Promoting pollinator populations in these areas increased yields on more productive parts of the farm. Marek Nowakowski of the Wildlife Farming Company says, “The Hillesden study shows that it is possible to balance wildlife conservation with efficient food production. I am confident other farmers could achieve similar results with the right training and advice.”