The Kingfisher Award Scheme began in Devon 25 years ago on the home farm of Clinton Devon Estates.

In 2018 the East Devon Kingfisher Award returned to the Estate, enabling pupils from East Devon to take part. Nearly 200 pupils between 7-10 years old attended the field days in May to take part in workshops. 

The 2018 theme “From the Ground Up”

The children looked at the importance of soil to farmers, whatever crops they are growing, and about how cows turn fields of grass into milk for us to drink. Grass is a vital crop for dairy farmers. They learnt about a diary cows’ lifecycle and what cows need to produce litres of milk every day. Field margins and hedges are wildlife corridors connecting different habitat, whilst sustaining lots of flora and fauna essential for a balanced ecosystem. It helped the children investigate what might live here.

The Activity Stations

  1. Soil Sifters: Soil is important for optimum plant growth and looked at the composition of different soil types and the importance of air, water and organic matter. Conserving soil is vital and we’ll investigate how farmers in hilly county like Devon can keep this important resource in good condition and in the fields, especially when it rains! 
  1. Milk Makers: Cows, like humans and all other mammals, make milk as food for their young. Grass is the best food for this grazing animal, domesticated by man to increase milk production. We investigated how grass becomes milk and get up close and personal to learn what cows need to keep them happy, healthy and producing lots of the white stuff!
  1. Creature Seekers: We considered the other mammals that might live on the edges - or margins of the field; voles, shrews, mice etc. Who might predate these animals and what might they need for shelter and food. We considered if/why field margins and hedges are important on farm and other landscapes.



The KAS is entirely reliant on sponsorship money, charitable donations, and volunteers. If you would like to make a donation or offer your time to help please contact the FWAG SouthWest office on: 01823 660684 or email [email protected]   

          East Devon KAS is kindly supported and sponsored by Clinton Devon Estates.