Chichester farmer highly commended

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A Chichester farmer has been highly praised for his efforts to help wildlife in this year’s RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming award.

Nick Baird, owner of Newbarn farm near Chichester, has received the highly-prestigious award.

The award has been given to recognise the exceptional conservation work Mr Baird has done for birds and other wildlife.

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

“Newbarn farm is managed in favour of a wild variety of wildlife, but in particular our management is aimed at helping English grey partridge and barn owls.

“Both these species are very rare, and they deserve to re-establish themselves in the countryside,” said Mr Baird.

Mr Baird’s farm incorporates skylark plots for the iconic birds to nest in during the summer months.

Bird surveys have also been carried out this spring, which will help monitor the population of key farmland species and allow the farm to see how they have managed and benefited the species.

“Mr Baird is doing valuable work on his farm for species that are in real trouble,” said Bruce Fowkes, farmland conservation advisor for the RSPB South East.