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Farming and nature: working together for a common good

The latest series of the Farming Social Hub podcasts – the Farming Social Hub’s Farming with Nature series – really emphasise the tremendous work being carried out across the county to restore natural habitats.

The series is sponsored by the Norfolk Coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and explores many of the ways in which farmers, environmental organisations and volunteer groups are working with such dedication to give nature a home. Over the course of the series we talk to Professor Paul Dolman, who is leading the biodiversity audit work that will give a baseline and knowledge of what we actually have in terms of natural capital. Sticking with academia for a moment, Professor Carl Sayer explains how restoring ponds to the Norfolk landscape is a quick way of enhancing biodiversity.

Farmer James Wilson has been ploughing his own furrow for years as he works with nature to bring wildlife back to his land, while Tom Gurney is pushing hard to restore vital habitats along the 10 mile stretch of river known as the Mighty Mun.

We also hear about the RSPB’s campaign to protect the plucky Ringed Plover as it attempts to nest on the beaches and shorelines of our coasts.

It’s not just nature that is seeking to enhance its diversity. Agriculture is one of the least diverse sectors in the UK, and we hear from farm vet Navaratnam Partheeban how he is leading the charge to change that.

It’s not all land-based either. We chat to Will of Wells about his ventures with the reclaimed Dutch barge the Albatros as well as his fish supplier – also called Will – about the challenges of setting up a fishing business off the coast of Norfolk.

Six episodes, packed full of content and information, presented in a really accessible and entertaining way. Find the Farming Social Hub’s Farming with Nature series on all major podcast platforms.