Dumfriesshire farm wins RSPB in Scotland Nature Award

Aug 21, 2013
Dumfriesshire farm wins RSPB in Scotland Nature Award

A ‘Wild Friendly’ farm and tourism business near Lockerbie has been selected as the Scottish winner of the prestigious RSPB Nature of Farming Award.

Michael and Shirley Clarke have gained recognition for their efforts to make Williamwood Farm a home for nature and will compete against 7 other finalists from across the UK. 

The couple’s keen interest in wildlife inspired them to create a variety of habitats to benefit a range of species on their 115ha farm, for example:

  • Seasonally grazing their herd of Highland cattle and flock of sheep has led to an abundance of orchids and other wildflowers, creating a fantastic home for insects and other wildlife.
  • An area of wet, rush-dominated ground is now being actively managed for wading birds such as lapwings and snipe while a new pond with small islands is attracting wildfowl.
  • Ditches surrounding the pond are providing homes for wetland plants and amphibians.
  • Nest boxes have been placed throughout the farm, attracting barn owls and tree sparrows.

Visitors can see all of these features, and more, for themselves on arranged tours of Williamwood Farm or more leisurely by staying in one of the farm’s 4 self-catering cottages.  See http://www.williamwoodfarm.com/ for more details.