The Countryside Restoration Trust (CRT) is pleased to announce that Lark Rise Tenant Farmer, Tim Scott received an award yesterday at The Life on Land Awards for the highest national density of Grey Partridges. The numbers of birds recorded are measured over 3,000 sites across the UK.
Lark Rise Farm is the headquarters and trophy farm of the CRT and comprises an array of fauna and flora which thrive in balance with the arable farmland. Managed by tenant farmer, Tim Scott, Lark Rise has become a popular habitat for many farmland birds. By over-wintering stubble and creating suitable invertebrate habitats (such as beetle banks), the numbers of farmland birds have increased. Tim commented, “Through meticulous attention to detail in habitat restoration and provision of natural food, not only can the decline in wildlife be halted, but it can actually be reversed, resulting in a plethora of wildlife on the farm”. This is a key aspect in the running of Lark Rise Farm, as well as other properties owned by the CRT.
A spokesman from Redlist Revival commented, ‘The Award reflects the range of habitat, the proportion of the holding dedicated to ecology and the commitment Tim shows towards ecology and the enhancement of our natural resources.’
The count as undertaken in a community area that includes Barton, Coton, Granchester, Great Shelford, Harston, Haslingfield, Hauxton, Littel Shelford. Sawston, Stapleford, Teversham and Cambridge.
Cambridgeshire has 32 of these community areas within the county and five other communities had counts where the populations of farmland species of Birds of Conservation Concern were within the Top 1% across the UK.
Redlist Revival is a UK based charity working to restore disappearing species identified within the Government’s UK Biodiversity Action Plan. Working with the British Trust for Ornithology and using data from their Breeding Bird Survey, Redlist have created the Biodiversity indicator which acts as a predictive model for the range of the species and the potential for each of the species at national and county level. Since 1970, there has been a 75% decline in priority species within the Farmland Bird Index, with over 15 million pairs of specialist birds lost. Redlist Revival provides the opportunity to identify success and therefore quantify the factors associated with their successful stewardship.