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.


Every year, the Gloucestershire Silver Pintail selects a theme to focus the judging. This theme allows the judges to mark additional points for the water management on your farm, but the traditional judging system is always used that allows many aspects of farm management and care for the environment to be judged and scored accordingly.

The theme for 2023 is Restore, Maintain and Recreate

We have decided to celebrate habitat creation, restoration, and maintenance as the theme for the Silver Pintail award, 2023.

This could be someone who has put effort into restoring wetlands, maintaining species rich grassland or creating wood-pasture for example. All habitat types can be considered including things like traditional orchards, the wild daffodils in the “Golden Triangle” or ancient woodland.

We would like to draw attention to those farmers who are helping to make threatened habitats bigger, better and more joined up as a response to the news earlier this year that there has been a 53% decline in native plant populations.

The theme only accounts for a small part of the scoring, so anyone can enter who has a passion for farming with wildlife and conservation in mind. Winners of the Silver Pintail will go forward to the Barn Owl competition which is the regional award for the Southwest. The winner of that goes forward to the national Silver Lapwing award.


If you’re in Gloucestershire, are passionate about your farm business and the wildlife it supports, complete the form below to enter the Silver Pintail Competition.

How to enter?

Entries for 2023 are now closed, but we welcome entries for 2024! 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…

If you have any questions please contact us on [email protected] or call on 01823 660684.


The winner of the Silver Pintail Award each year will go through to represent the county in the regional Barn Owl Awards the following year. This then leads onto the following year, where the winner of which goes forward as our regions entry into the National Silver Lapwing Awards.


View the 2022 Winners here / View the 2019 Winners here / View the 2018 Winners here