RSPB Nature of Farming Award
This inspiring award celebrates the many farmers who go out of their way to protect and encourage wildlife on their land while still running a commercially viable business.
In recent years, farmers have received a lot of bad press for the damage that intensive farming can wreak on precious, fragile habitats and their animals. Yet farmland makes up the majority of the countryside and still supports a huge number and variety of wild species. And we have responsible farmers to thank for this.
Of course, many farmers receive useful services in return – bees pollinate crops while many bird species and some insects help deal with pests. So encouraging wildlife is not just a luxury or a hobby.
Earlier this year, the RSPB and partners The Telegraph
and Butterfly Conservation
launched the 2011 Nature of Farming Awards and received hundreds of entries from around the country. From this, a judging panel including our colleague James Fair
from BBC Wildlife Magazine
whittled the numbers down to a final four – and they need you to vote for the overall winner.
James told us: “It was a fascinating reading and talking about all the wonderful work that farmers do for our wildlife. It demonstrates that we can produce food alongside birds, mammals and insects, not to their detriment, if we want to. I look forward to see who comes out top in the public vote in September – if you ask me, all four ‘finalists’ deserve to win.”
This year the RSPB have also included a ‘Highly commended’ category. You can see more details and find out how to vote here
As if any more incentive is needed, if you vote today you will be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury break for two.