The document goes on to explain that farmers maintain biodiversity through their management of the land and that this would suffer if they are not supported, indeed another NFU report puts songbird death down to feral cats and animals. The underlying message is that loss of farmland will lead to loss of biodiversity - a threatened sign of urban-rural movement and lack of effective political rural support.
In conclusion, whilst the changes in rural demography are significant, extensive and visible, the enduring stereotype of the countryside suggests that some measure of reality must hold sway. It has physically become a middle class territory in as much as it is in part owned by the middle class. It has attitudinally become a middle class territory in the way it is expressed both in rural and urban contexts. Yet, the 'purpose' behind these definitions determines the attitude. For example, countryside as commodity or as life-style may affect the territorial description yet both be valid in their own right. This study has not the space to do more than mention these issues. There are many more aspects with equal validity, such as the impact of two-house ownership, or 'new' farmers, or the rise of agri-business, or the control of supermarkets over rural produce (including what is grown where) and its opposite reaction as demonstrated by farmers markets and organic produce. It is worth considering that the UK is not alone in experiencing these changes. As the following quote shows, change is not limited to one country: