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Inch farmer shortlisted for nature award 30.09.19

BOYD Bryce, of Inch Island, has been announced as one of ten ‘Farming for Nature’ ambassadors in the running for the overall ‘Farming for Nature Award’ for 2019. Members of the public, and in particular the farming community, are being asked to vote for their top pick.
Now in its second year, the awards are part of a wider independent Farming for Nature initiative which hopes to source, share and celebrate the stories of those farmers across Ireland who are doing great things for nature on their land and in their community.
A short video has been made about each shortlisted farmer and now the public are being asked to view the films and vote for their favourite one, with voting ending Thursday October 24th.
Boyd and Bridie Bryce farm 350 acres of mixed arable and sheep pasture, woodland and wildlife habitat on Inch Island. Since his youth Boyd has been a strong advocate of wildlife conservation and farming for nature. He is a living showcase of the benefits that a close connection with nature provides for wildlife, community and farmer alike.
From the creation of a wildfowl sanctuary on his lands in the 1970’s to the establishment of native oak and ash woodlands in 1980’s, Boyd has consistently pioneered and proactively demonstrated that nature and farming work hand in glove and are not mutually exclusive.
Boyd’s farm at Strahack is managed with nature to the fore, in addition to farming his natural shoreline, wetland and woodland areas specifically for wildlife; he sensitively manages his hedgerows, standards and scrub.
Paddy McCrossan, of Inishowen Wildlife Club, who nominated Boyd for the award commented: “Boyd has consistently pioneered and proactively demonstrated that nature and farming work hand in glove and are not mutually exclusive. In 2018 he was proud to thin his maturing oak woodlands, to see wild grey partridge chicks born on his farm, and to open up new habitat for breeding waders, wildfowl and amphibians.”
For more information and to vote visit www.farmingfornature.ie .
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