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Did you know that the way you shop can help turtle doves?

The manufacturers of Fair to Nature products source ingredients from certified Fair to Nature farms.

Fair to Nature farmers actively manage at least 10% of their farmland for the benefit of wildlife. They create different types of wildlife habitat to encourage a wide range of species back onto farmland. Research outcomes from Operation Turtle Dove are incorporated into the Fair to Nature standard, the document to which all Fair to Nature farmers adhere. The standard follows the six key elements for nature friendly farming, as outlined by the Farm Wildlife Partnership. So by looking for the ‘Fair to Nature’ logo when you go shopping and choosing Fair to Nature products, you are helping to put the habitat that Turtle Doves thrive in back onto UK farmland. The range of Fair to Nature products is constantly growing. Current products include:

Since January 2015 the RSPB’s range of wild bird food has contained seeds and grains from Fair to Nature farms. That means that when you feed the birds in your garden you are also helping to provide food for birds in the wider countryside too. A win for all wild birds! Their bird food and care products can be purchased online and also through most major supermarkets and garden centres.

During the development of their products, The Consumer Brand ask their potential customers what qualities they are looking for in a product, then they set about fulfilling that wish list. Their first UK product is a plain flour milled from wheat from Fair to Nature farms. You can purchase the bags of flour online from Matthews Mill.

Honeyfield’s is the Fair to Nature certified bird food brand from WHM Pet Group. Honeyfield’s bird foods contain cereals and other seeds grown on Fair to Nature farms. These farms grow special areas of seed bearing crops to provide food for farmland bird species, such as linnets, skylarks, and buntings – especially important during the cold winter months and into early spring when the birds are getting ready to nest and breed. The Honeyfield’s range can be purchased in Jollyes Petfood Superstores, all good garden centres and via many online retailers.

Lordington Lavender produce a range of beauty and bath products using lavender grown on their Fair to Nature certified farm in Sussex. The lavender oil comes from the French variety called Mailette. The farm is a haven for wildlife with a varied range of habitats attracting Barn Owls, skylarks and several species of bumblebee and  butterflies, among many others. You can buy the products on-line at the Lordington Lavender website or at several Sussex farmers markets.

Honeychop Horse Feeds uses the chopped straw from Fair to Nature oat crops in a range of nutritious, high fibre feeds for horses. The business began as a farm diversification in 1987 and has gone from strength to strength since then. The farm is home to a wide range of wildlife, including barn owls and kestrels. For stockists, please visit the Honeychop website.