Award-winning organic farmer John Phillips from Far Hill Farm, Fairford in Gloucestershire, has devoted 17 per cent of his fields to wildlife in the hope of saving the British grey partridge and other rare species.
On 23 June Mr Phillips, recipient of the prestigious Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s grey partridge trophy, will host an event showcasing the importance of wildlife conservation.
John Phillips and Peter Thompson, farmland biodiversity advisor with the GWCT, will lead the event, discussing the integration of grey partridge conservation and successful farming practices. It is hoped that the event will raise awareness for the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s wider campaign to restore the grey partridge to the British countryside.
The species, which once flourished on British farmland, has declined by approximately 86 per cent over the past 40 years due to a loss of habitat and increase in predators.
“We hope that by attending the event at Fairford, more people will be inspired to replicate some of the wonderful conservation achievements of John Phillips,” said Peter Thompson. “The Cotswolds is a really large area and offers fantastic potential for wild grey partridges and we are keen to demonstrate how farmers and gamekeepers can play their part in helping to restore this once common bird.”