Welsh hill farmers doing their bit for conservation

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Brian Lewis and his wife Sorcha are tenants of Troedrhiwdrain Farm in Powys and have recently been named as finalists in this year’s RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award.

The farm overlooking the Elan Valley near Rhayader is home to all kinds of wildlife, including golden plovers, curlews, water voles, Welsh clearwings and numerous orchids.

The couple have won the Wales round of the competition for being a productive hill farm, raising traditional sheep breeds whilst at the same time benefiting wildlife and the environment.

Eight farmers from across the UK are through to the final of the Nature of Farming Award with people across Britain voting to decide who will win.

The award was set up to help share wildlife-friendly farming practice and encourage public awareness of the important role farmers can play in conservation - helping threatened species such as skylarks, brown hares, bees, butterflies and plants.

You can still vote online, by phone or by post up until midnight on Saturday 31 August 2013. Information on how to vote can be found at rspb.org.uk/farmvote.

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