RSPB: Wildlife Farmer of the Year

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Returning for the second year as sponsors of the Wildlife Farmer of the Year are the RSPB.

Claire Barnett from RSPB Northern Ireland said: “We are delighted to once again sponsor the Wildlife Friendly Farmer of the Year category in the Farming Life and Danske Bank awards.

Farming Life editor Ruth Rodgers pictured with John Henning, Danske Bank, and Claire Barnett from RSPB Northern Ireland

Farming Life editor Ruth Rodgers pictured with John Henning, Danske Bank, and Claire Barnett from RSPB Northern Ireland

“Across Northern Ireland nature is in trouble. Birds that were once considered common here, like curlew and yellowhammer, have suffered huge population decreases in a single generation and we are in danger of losing some of these species altogether.

“However, as custodians of the countryside, farmers are in a unique position to help halt and even reserve these declines. By taking steps to farm with wildlife in mind, such as managing species rich grasslands and leaving over-wintering stubble, farmers can help give nature a home on their land.

“RSPB NI provides advice to farmers in ‘hotspot’ areas, such as, the wet grassland areas around Lough Beg and Lough Erne and we’re already beginning to see positive results.

“However we know that there are many more farmers doing things to help birds and wildlife that we aren’t aware of. We would encourage them, or anyone who knows them, to apply to this year’s awards and have their hard work recognised.”

The Farming Life and Danske Bank Awards will be held at the Ramada Hotel, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast, on Thursday, October 29.