Farmer wins wildlife award

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A WILDLIFE-friendly farmer from Deeping St Nicholas has been rewarded for his conservation work.

Nicholas Watts, owner of Vine House Farm, picked up the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group Silver Lapwing Award for the second time in honour of his dedication to wildlife conservation – the only person to ever win twice in the award’s 32-year history.

Mr Watts was presented with a trophy and a cheque for £1,000 by farmer and TV presenter Adam Henson at a ceremony held at the House of Commons this week.

Jim Egan, one of the Silver Lapwing judges and FWAG’s technical director, said: “The award is all about long-term commitment to farmland conservation and Nicholas Watts epitomises this award.

“Since winning the award ten years ago, Nicholas has continued to carry out extensive conservation work which has contributed to the survival of many bird species in the Fens.”

Mr Watts said he was delighted to receive the award for a second time.