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Can tourism help farmers help wildlife?

We are working with the National Trust and farmers in the Long Mynd, Stiperstones and Stretton Hills area as part of the Stepping Stones Project. Part of this is funding a study into the links between farm tourism and conservation.

We are interested in finding examples where farm businesses have diversified into tourism. We are especially interested to find out if this allows farms to be run less intensively or in other ways that benefit wildlife. Through the project we’d like to talk directly to farmers and estate managers about what they do, what they might plan to do, and what they’ve struggled to do. From this we hope to share good ideas, and understand the barriers so that support for farmers may be improved.

There are a couple of ways that you can share your views and experiences.

  • If you are a farm business in the Long Mynd, Stiperstones and Stretton Hills areas and are in tourism or planning to be please complete this 10 minute online questionnaire

farm business

  • If you are a tourism business that sources food, drink, or other goods and services from local farms, please fill in this questionnaire

tourism business survey

If questionnaires are not your thing and you’d prefer to talk to someone, please call the office 01743 254740 or contact our Sustainable Tourism Officer. He’ll be delighted to talk to you.

We will be holding an evening workshop later in the autumn, do let us know if you’d like to come.

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