Nominate rural businesses for wildlife award

A11 Week 18'MCBH'DP'View from St Marys Church at Fleet Marston looking out across the countryside
A11 Week 18'MCBH'DP'View from St Marys Church at Fleet Marston looking out across the countryside
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The RSPB has launched a campaign to find the region’s most wildlife-friendly rural business as part of the Nature of Farming Awards.

Farms in Bucks, Oxon and Northants can be nominated for the national competition, which celebrates those who work hardest to protect threatened wildlife such as hares, bees, and butterflies.

The competition is supported by Butterfly Conservation and Plantlife, and sponsored by The Telegraph.

Last year’s competition was won by Henry Edmunds from Wiltshire. He said: “I have witnessed our landscape deteriorate over the past 30 years – birds have disappeared, butterflies have been lost and ancient grasslands ploughed up.

“I wanted my farming policies to reverse those trends. To do without wildlife is not an option. We all have a responsibility to maintain it and help it flourish, not sacrifice it for greater commercial yields.”

Applications for this year’s award will be accepted until April 18. Judges will choose eight regional winners and four will go through to the national final.

Visit www.rspb.org.uk for entry forms.