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Treshnish Announced as UK’s Most Wildlife-Friendly Farm

Charringtons of Treshnish, Isle of Mull with Stuart Housden, RSPB Scotland

Charringtons of Treshnish, Isle of Mull with Stuart Housden, RSPB Scotland

Treshnish Farm on the Isle of Mull, who run Wild Scotland member Treshnish & Haunn Cottages have become the first ever Scottish winners of a prestigious national farming competition and we’re delighted!

The RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award, in conjunction with Butterfly Conservation Scotland and Plantlife Scotland, celebrates wildlife friendly farming and Somerset and Carolyne Charrington impressed voters with a philosophy that sustainability and profitability can go hand in hand.

They have created and restored key habitats such as native woodland, wetland, peat bog and moorland on their 750ha upland livestock farm. Wildlife has flourished, and includes field gentian, wood bitter vetch, corncrake, curlew, increasing populations of yellowhammer and whinchat and a host of invertebrates; including more than 300 species of moths and butterflies.

Carolyne and Somerset Charrington, of Treshnish Farm said: “It is a privilege for us to live here and to be custodians of this farm.  Our cattle and sheep are the key to maintaining the rich mosaic of habitats on the farm, and underlines, to us, the importance of keeping sheep and cattle on the hills of Scotland.  We have a popular coastal path that brings locals and visitors onto the farm daily, and it’s great to share their enjoyment of the wildlife they encounter. We are extremely proud to have been chosen as the winners of the Nature of Farming Award.  It’s a huge boost to our confidence and proves that what we are doing in terms of farming, conservation and sustainability is working.”

Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan, who grew up on Mull added: “I’m so pleased for Carolyne and Somerset Charrington. Treshnish Farm is a worthy winner of this prestigious UK-wide award. It’s a reflection too of the hard work of many other environmentally-friendly farmers on Mull and Iona who also go the extra mile for wildlife. This farm and many others are vital to the survival of our wildflowers, butterflies, moths and the famous Mull birds including corncrakes, white-tailed eagles and those all-important farmland finches, buntings and waders. What a place!”

Many congratulations from Wild Scotland!

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