Who will win Devon Bronze Otter Award?

Judging is under way for this year’s Devon Bronze Otter Award which recognises farms that can demonstrate a long-term commitment to wildlife conservation and sustainable farming.

Run by the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, the competition was open to any farm with good conservation practices.

Farmers across Devon were invited to nominate themselves or someone they know for the award. Judging commenced last month.

The winner of the Devon Bronze Otter Award will be revealed at an event, to be announced, later this year.

The advisory group says the winner will go on to represent Devon in the regional Barn Owl Award. Following the latter competition, the winner will go on to compete for the South West in the National Silver Lapwing competition, being staged in 2020.

The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group supports farmers going beyond the minimum legal requirements to support conservation.

It helps them maximise the environmental value of their work while supporting profitable farming enterprises.

Its scope includes advice on soil management, countryside stewardship, natural flood management, and renewable energy. The group also helps with assurance schemes, compliance, woodland creation, and farm habitats.

Free events and workshops are regularly held. Next month, the advisory group will host an event on responsible maize management. It will aim to help local farmers meet current farming rules for water. The free, interactive workshop will include a field visit.

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