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.

 

The theme for the Silver Pintail 2021 is ‘Water Management’ because of the importance of sustainable water management for food production, essential ecosystem functions and better adaptation to climate change for present and future generations. Water Management includes not only rivers, ponds and ditches but water meadows, culverts, cross drains and water harvesting.

Examples of on-farm water management practices include:

  • Farm practices – rainwater harvesting, reduced soil compaction for reduced runoff, ditch management
  • Natural Flood Management – leaky woody debris dams, attenuation ponds, tree planting
  • Protection of water courses for wildlife – buffering on fields, restoration of ponds and restoration of water meadows

This theme will allow the judges to mark additional points for the water management on your farm, but the traditional judging system will be used that allows many aspects of your farm management and care for the environment to be judged and scored accordingly. If water management isn’t a key criteria on your farm and your focus is on other measures then we still encourage you to enter!

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?

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

 

Due to Covid-19 Government Guidance, we have had to postpone all FWAG SW Competitions for 2020. All entries from this year will be rolled over to the 2021 judging.

Timescale for the Gloucestershire Silver Pintail competition 2021
* Close of application 31st March
* Judging to take place from May - July
* Results announced at an event later in the year. Venue TBC


The winner of the Silver Pintail for 2021 will go through to represent the county in the regional Barn Owl Awards in 2022, the winner of which goes forward as our regions entry into the National Silver Lapwing awards the following year.

 

View the 2019 Winners here / View the 2018 Winners here