Wildlife-friendly appeal to Mid-Ulster farmers

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FARMERS in Mid-Ulster have been entering the 2013 RSPB/Telegraph Nature of Farming competition since it launched earlier this year.

This week, the RSPB NI is reminding those who’ve yet to enter to do so before it’s too late. With applications only being accepted until April 18, the race is on to find the top wildlife friendly farmer.

The award aims to find farming’s wildlife heroes who put in the most work on their land to help countryside species and is run by the RSPB, supported by Butterfly Conservation and Plantlife, and sponsored by The Telegraph.

RSPB NI Hayley Sherwin, said the judges will be looking for efforts to promote wildlife on farmland, for example by providing nesting habitat, and summer and winter food for birds.

Entries will be shortlisted to eight regional winners then a panel will decide which four should go through to the national finals. All the details on how to enter can be found on the RSPB website at www.rspb.org.uk/natureoffarming. The EU LIFE+ Programme funds RSPB work which supports wildlife-friendly farming that furthers sustainable development in the European Union.