RSPB's Hope farm, at the time of the wheat harvest, Knapwell, Cambridgeshire

Richard Bramley - Yorkshire

Richard Bramley was a finalist in the RSPB Nature of Farming Awards 2013.

Overview

Judge's view

"A good example of a productive farming using the Entry Level Scheme (ELS) and voluntary measures to make a difference for wildlife. Welcome help for a rare Yorkshire invertebrate – tansy beetle – and active involvement influencing the future of farming."

- Martin Warren, Chief Executive, Butterfly Conservation

Summary

Richard Bramley is a well-respected, influential farmer and passionate conservationist. He gives the same attention to detail to his conservation work as he does to his commercial crops - meaning both benefit because of his informed and practical approach.

Through planting seed crops, wild flower seeds, nectar rich plants and enhancing the wetter areas of his farmland, Richard’s conservation work has delivered an increased number of farmland birds (both in species diversity and abundance). In addition to boosting numbers of insects, wild flowers and a host of other wildlife.

Importantly, Richard is extremely dedicated to promoting conservation to others through his involvement in the Campaign for the Farmed Environment and as an office holder in the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Farmer's view

"Fitting food production alongside environmental and habitat enhancement is something which I am convinced is an essential part of modern day farming".