Wildlife friendly farmers sought

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Lancashire’s most wildlife friendly farmers are being sought by the RSPB.

The charity is looking to find farmers who work hardest to help threatened countryside wildlife, such as skylarks, brown hares, bees, butterflies and plants, for the Nature of Farming awards.

RSPB judge Nick Droy said: “More and more farmers are recognising that running a profitable farm business and helping wildlife on your land can go hand in hand. The RSPB provides advice to help farmers do their bit for nature on their farm and we’ll support them every step of the way, but ultimately, it’s them and their local communities that do the hard work. They’re the real heroes.

“The recent EU Budget deal dealt a terrible hand to Europe’s wildlife, with potentially huge cuts to wildlife friendly farming schemes. But there is hope for the UK, a country which has led the way in investing in this field.”

Nominations are open for the contest from now until April 18. Eight regional winners will go to the national finals.

Details on how to enter can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/natureoffarming.