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Recognition for 'brilliant wildlife farm'
A NORTH Yorkshire farmer is the Northern England regional winner in this year’s RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award.
Iain Hurst, of Rosemount Farm, in Weaverthorpe, near Malton, won the regional round of the competition for his achievements in looking after wildlife and the environment while running a productive arable farm.
Chris Tomson, RSPB agricultural adviser in Northern England, said: “Rosemount Farm is a brilliant example of what it’s possible to achieve for wildlife within a commercial farming system, and shows that conservation needn’t clash with profitability.
The farm has an amazing range of species, which are there thanks to Iain’s dedication and careful environmental management.”
Through wildlife-friendly farming schemes and his own initiative, Mr Hurst has provided farmland bird species with nesting habitats and a year-round food supply.
As a result, birds of high conservation concern, including grey partridges, corn buntings, curlews and skylarks, thrive on his land.
His conservation efforts have also attracted a range of other wildlife, from bees and butterflies to brown hares.
Mr Hurst said: “It is great to receive recognition for the work started many years ago when my father set out to halt the decline in our grey partridge population.
“More recently, my interest has been focused on restoring chalk grassland.
“I derive considerable satisfaction from showcasing a high level of environmental management alongside intensive arable farming.”
A panel of judges will now choose four of the eight regional winners to go through to the national finals. The overall winner will be selected by the public.
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