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The Path to Sustainable Farming

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An image of rolling green hills

There has been extensive coverage of our announcement of plans for the agricultural transition period on the front pages of the Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian this morning. This has also been reported in the Independent, Daily Mail, Daily Express, the I, Western Daily Press, Western Morning News, Yorkshire Post, Farmers Guardian, Farmers Weekly, Horticulture Week, the Northern Farmer, and Agriland.

Government upholds manifesto commitment to maintain current budgets for our farmers

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A tractor ploughing in a field

Following yesterday’s (25 November) Spending Review, titles such as The Scotsman, Nation Cymru, The Pig Site and Financial Times have reported on concerns over continued funding to protect and maintain the current budgets of our farmers.

Response to the call from WWF to install on-board cameras to reduce bycatch

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Plastic marine pollution. Seal caught in tangled nylon fishing net. This curious wild animal was attracted to the rope and net and enjoyed playing with it but did come into difficulty as it wrapped around the body.

A report from WWF in partnership with Sky Ocean Rescue looks at the number of seabirds and marine animals unintentionally caught as bycatch in commercial fishing, and calls for the government to introduce cameras on UK fishing vessels.

15,000 seabirds to benefit following expansion of Isles of Scilly protected area

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Close up head shot of a European Shag seabird

Yesterday (17 November), the government extended a protected site in the Isles of Scilly, offering greater protections to some of our rarest seabirds. The announcement received coverage on a number of local outlets including Pirate FM, In Your Area and BBC Online (Devon & Cornwall).