Scottish couple crowned King and Queen of wildlife friendly farming22/09/2011 20:08:50
Record-breaking number of votes in this year's RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award
Restored native woodland, wetland and peat bogs
The pair 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.
Stuart Housden, RSPB Scotland Director, said: ‘I am delighted that we have our first ever Nature of Farming Award winners in the Charringtons, I have seen first-hand the work they've undertaken which is delivering quality livestock and supporting some of our rarest and most cherished species. The flowery meadows and bird song on the farm are superb. They are an inspiration.'
Carolyne 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.
It's great to share the enjoyment of wildlife
Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan, who grew up on Mull added: ‘I'm so pleased for Carolyne and Somerset. 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.'