Somerset and Carolyn 2011 finalists

Finalists - 2011

Find out about all the 2011 finalists and the fantastic work they have done to encourage wildlife on their farms

The RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award Winners 2011

The RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award Winners 2011

We speak to some of the winners from the Nature of Farming awards, 2011:

Somerset and Carolyne Charrington, Scotland and UK winners;

Robert Law, Eastern England winner and UK finalist;

Robert Kynaston, Midlands winner and UK finalist;

Andrew Jackson, Northern England winner;

Andrew Hughes, South East England winner;

Gethin Owen, Wales winner

The RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award Winners 2011 - Somerset and Carolyne Carrington screenshot

Somerset and Carolyne Charrington - Argyll and Bute

Isle of Mull livestock farmers Somerset and Carolyne Charrington were crowned UK Nature of Farming Award winners 2011 after a close-run public vote.

This seven-and-a-half-square kilometre upland livestock farm on the Isle of Mull is managed with sustainability and profitability at its heart. Alongside careful grazing and through agri-environment schemes, Somerset and Carolyne have created and restored key habitats including native woodland, wetland, peat bog and moorland.

The wildlife on the farm includes field gentians, corncrakes, otters, more than 300 species of moth and butterfly, and 10 species of dragonfly.

Somerset and Carolyne promote their ethos through events and their Trenish and Haunn website. Here you can read about the awards they have won.

The Charringtons said: "It is a privilege for us to live here and to be custodians of this farm. Our cattle and sheep are the key to maintaining the rich mosaic of habitats on the farm, and underlines, to us, the importance of keeping sheep and cattle on the hills of Scotland. We have a popular coastal path that brings locals and visitors onto the farm daily, and it's great to share their enjoyment of the wildlife they encounter.   

"We are extremely proud to have been chosen as the winners of the Nature of Farming Award. It's a huge boost to our confidence and proves that what we are doing in terms of farming, conservation and sustainability is working."

David White - Wiltshire

David and his son Edward farm their with an inspiring ethos of working with nature.

The farm is predominantly arable, managed without insecticides, and corn bunting, lapwing, turtle dove and yellow wagtail all flourish. 

Areas of chalk downland are managed by native cattle, and the farm supports dotted bee-fly, brown hare and a range of butterflies and rare arable plants such as Venus’s-looking-glass. Narrow-fruited cornsalad has also recently been discovered on the farm. 

David and Edward also look after an additional 10 square kilometres of arable for other local farmers, all of whom have also joined agri-environment schemes.

In his spare time, David is a keen wildlife photographer and you can see some of his spectacular images on his website.

Robert Kynaston - Shropshire

Robert passionately believes there is room for wildlife alongside profitable production on his mixed farm.

His milk is used to produce award-winning Welsh cheeses at Milk Link's Llandyrnog Creamery in North Wales.

Keen to minimise resource usage, he has installed a reedbed to clean water, and decreased fertiliser use by 80 per cent. Environment stewardship complements his approach and he has created many new habitats, such as flower mixtures and bird cover crops. 

Rich and varied wildlife thrives, including curlew, grey partridge, lapwing, skylark, hare, 14 species of water boatmen and more than 20 mosses and lichens. Robert is keen to share, widely promoting his ethos, hosting events and running training courses for a very wide audience.

Robert Law - Hertfordshire

This 15-square kilometre conservation grade farm is a shining example of the integration of wildlife-friendly farming into a successful commercial business.

Robert supplies oats for Jordans Cereals, who pioneered Conservation Grade.

It includes a chalk grassland SSSI, woodlands and 12 square kilometres of arable production - 10 per cent of which is managed for wildlife, making maximum use of agri-environment schemes. 

Corn bunting, grey partridge, lapwing and skylark abound, and careful sheep-grazing allows rare chalkhill blue butterflies and pasque flowers to flourish on the grassland. 

Robert hosts hundreds of visitors and is in demand as a speaker.

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