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Scottish farm (and Wild Scotland member) shortlisted for Nature of Farming Award .

Treshnish & Haunn Cottages, Isle of Mull

Treshnish & Haunn Cottages, Isle of Mull

Treshnish Farm, an upland livestock farm on the Isle of Mull has been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Nature of Farming Award.

The farm, on which the award-winning Treshnish & Haunn Cottages are located is run by Somerset and Carolyne Charrington. They impressed the selection panel with their efforts to conserve priority habitats and species such as the corncrake, the transparent burnet moth and wood bitter vetch. Now they face a public vote throughout the summer along with 3 other farms to determine the overall UK winner. And you can help by voting…

The shortlisted farmers have strong environmental credentials and manage their farms with bird, plant, mammal and insect populations in mind while running commercially viable businesses.

The Charringtons took over the 750 hectare farm in 1994, and soon sought advice on the local biodiversity priorities and agri-environment schemes available to them. The variety of habitats across the farm – ranging from ancient native broadleaf woodland to wetlands, species-rich grasslands, peat bog and moorland – provides an abundance of suitable habitat for rarer wildflowers, butterflies, birds and aquatic insects.

Speaking after winning the award for Scotland, the Charrington’s said: “We never thought that what we have achieved over the last 16 years was prize-worthy and so being up for this award is, for us, confirmation that we are on the right track.”

Chris Bailey, RSPB Scotland Advisory Manager, said: “The standard of the nominations this year has been very high. It is great that Somerset and Carolyne’s efforts have been further rewarded now their farm has been selected to go forward for the public vote. The Charrington’s demonstrated that they have successfully managed for important farmland habitats, whilst maintaining a profitable enterprise.”

The UK public are invited to decide the UK winner by casting their votes by phone, post, online, via The Telegraph, or at various country shows until the end of August. Information on how to vote can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/farmvote and everyone who votes in this year’s competition will be entered into a prize draw to win a two night break for two people at a luxury hotel.

Votes can be cast until 31st August 2011 and the winner will be announced in September.

We’ve cast our vote at Wild Scotland and wish them the very best of luck.

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