Gloucestershire’s Silver Pintail Award showcases the long term commitment to wildlife conservation and sustainable farming shown by many farmers across the county. Each year the competition has a theme, this allows different farms to enter in different years, depending on their strengths.

How to enter?

We encourage you to nominate yourself or you can put forward someone else. If you are a farmer that fancies your chances, or you know of a worthy farm that demonstrates good conservation practices alongside farming, then don’t wait… contact us on [email protected] or call on 01823 660684.

The 2019 application will be open shortly, but we welcome you to get in touch with us now.

 

The theme of the 2018 was Silver Pintail Award is Small Mammals

This year our judges will be keeping a special eye out for farms which have been helping some of our more secretive wildlife species such as hazel dormice, hedgehogs, bats, harvest mice and water voles. The most important element of supporting healthy populations of small mammals is providing diversity and good quality habitat on the farm such as rough grassland, hedgerows and hedgerow trees, ponds, a network of field margins, and sensitive management of bankside vegetation along ditches and streams. Likewise, the chances are that if you have healthy populations and diverse species of small mammals on the farm you will also be supporting a wide range of other wildlife!

Small mammals can sometimes be overlooked but are very important in the food chain, for example field voles are the favourite food source of barn owls, one of the most iconic farmland bird species. Increasingly dormice are being found in a much wider range of habitats such as recently planted and coniferous woodland and hedgerows. Now that we know dormice are not so restricted by habitat why not have a look to see if they are present on your farm?

The number of hares in the Cotswolds has also greatly increased in recent years, due in part to the diversity of habitats that have been created through Environmental Stewardship agreements. Are your management practices helping their numbers to recover? We are all more aware that bats need linear features such as hedgerows for navigation and suitable buildings and veteran trees for roost sites. Do you have suitable sites for bats roost on your farm or nearby, or have a fantastic network of hedges and rough grassland supporting bats and other small mammals?

We would love to hear from you so please get in touch for 2019!

 

Timescale for the Gloucestershire Silver Pintail competition
* Close of application Summer 2019
* Judging to take place from July - September
* Results announced at an event later in the year. Venue TBC


The winner of the Silver Pintail for 2019 will go through to represent the county in the regional Barn Owl Awards in 2020, the winner of which goes forward as our regions entry into the National Silver Lapwing for 2021.

 

Contact the Gloucestershire Office 01666 503668 or the FWAG SW office 01823 660684 for more details on any aspect of the Silver Pintail Award.

View the 2017 Winners here

View the 2016 Winners here