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

Tim McClelland - County Armagh

Tim McClelland was a finalist in the RSPB Nature of Farming Awards 2013.

Overview

Judge's view

"Tim understands and practices the principles of good stewardship of his farm and its wildlife for his own family and for future generations. Yet he is also clearly keen to advocate his approach to others. This is good news for the wildlife on his farm and for the farmland wildlife of Northern Ireland."

- Martin Harper, Director of Conservation, RSPB

Summary

Tim McClelland’s farm lies within the heart of Tandragee in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Tim runs the arable farm as a highly productive commercial business, but still manages to provide space for wildlife.

Threatened farmland birds such as yellowhammers, tree sparrows, linnets and nesting lapwings are supported on his farm. Irish hares, bats, butterflies and wild flowers are also plentiful.

The wild bird cover mix and retained stubbles provide seed for birds during the difficult winter months, whilst the rough grass margins offer a good wintering site for invertebrates. As a Focus Farmer and Agri-environment Trainer, Tim is an excellent advocate for how wildlife-friendly farming can be integrated into a successful commercial business.

Tim is a Conservation Grade farmer, which means he manages at least 10 per cent of his land for wildlife, including flower-rich habitats for insects and seed-rich habitats for birds.

Farmer's view

“We offer a meaningful benefit to wildlife without losing profit which is a win-win situation”.