Finalists - 2012
Read more about our finalists and the fantastic work they have done to encourage wildlife on their farms.
Henry Edmunds - Wiltshire
Henry Edmund is the winner of the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming award for 2012.
Henry farms the Cholderton Estate, a 16-square kilometre mixed organic farm in Willtshire. You can read more about his farm below:
Sustainable farming is the guiding principle at Cholderton.
For the past thirty years Henry has aimed to achieve a balance between modern agriculture and the preservation of the countryside, with a belief that farming is a close co-operation between productivity and conservation.
Chalk grassland, grazed by the native Hampshire Downs sheep, is alive with flowers and buzzing with insects, including rare bumblebees, moths and butterflies, amongst them the stunning adonis blue.
Elsewhere on the farm corn buntings, lapwings and grey partridges thrive among the crops, alongside brown hares, diminutive harvest mice and rare arable plants such as cornflower and Martin’s ramping fumitory.
This abundance of wildlife sits neatly alongside food production where the harvest delivers a healthy landscape, economy and environment.
Rob Allan - Oxfordshire
Upton Estate is farming sustainably, delivering a balance – food for us and food for wildlife.
Rob is very proud and extremely passionate about the huge range of diverse habitats supporting rich and varied wildlife on the estate such as barn owls, corn buntings, skylarks and tree sparrows.
He will continue to make space for wildlife habitats alongside his farming techniques in the future. Rob believes wildlife options can be incorporated into and improve farming rotations, ensuring farms remain sustainable.
Jack Kelly - County Down
Jack’s mixed farm in County Down, Northern Ireland demonstrates how wildlife conservation can be successfully integrated into the management of a small farm.
The threatened species, yellowhammer, linnet, tree sparrow and reed bunting are all thriving on Jack’s farm as a result of his conservation efforts. These include sowing Wild Bird Cover and retaining stubble to provide food during the winter months for these seed-eating birds.
Jack has been trimming his hedges in the classic ‘A’ shape for more than 20 years, providing dense cover for nesting birds, and continues to use traditional farming methods such as harvesting hay.
With their shared love of nature, the Kelly family aim to support wildlife on their farm long into the future.
Peter Knight - West Sussex
The Norfolk Estate is a commercially run mixed farming unit that sees conservation at its core.
Farming systems and conservation management have been implemented to benefit each other, providing quality food and abundant wildlife through an ethic of 'more output, less impact'.
This has achieved great increases in birds, insects, plants and mammals, which is being demonstrated and communicated to a wide range of audiences through walks on the Estate and talks to many different groups.
The Estate Manager, Peter Knight, has been instrumental in this process, using his knowledge and passion to affect lasting change.