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24/06/19: Farmer survey on the environment, Water-saving pig troughs, Farmland birds

Charlotte Smith asks why one third of farmers aren't taking environmental action to deal with problems on their farm.

In a new survey one third of farmers say they're taking no environmental action to deal with problems on their farm. Charlotte Smith asks Helen Chesshire from the organisation who conducted the survey what this tells us about farmers' attitudes towards the natural world.

Anna Hill has been to meet Rob McGregor, a pig farmer in Norfolk who has installed drinking nozzles to his troughs which he says has led to a dramatic drop in water usage and an increase in quality of pork.

This week Farming Today is looking at farmland birds and Charlotte asks Martin Harper from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds what can be done to help the dwindling numbers of Grey Partridge and Turtle Dove, and also what he makes of the recent recall and then reinstatement of General Licenses to shoot certain species of birds to protect farmland.

Producer: Toby Field

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