Hampshire farm that is teeming with life gets national nature award

OASIS Lower Farm
OASIS Lower Farm
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A FARM on the South Downs that is an oasis for wildlife has been recognised in a national award scheme.

Lower Farm, in East Meon, near Petersfield, is home to skylark, lapwing, grey partridge and corn bunting.

Farmer George Atkinson has now received an RSPB award for his conservation work.

He was highly commended in the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Awards.

Mr Atkinson said: ‘Lower Farm is home to a wide range of well-established natural habitats, which attracts and supports a wide diversity of species.

‘Skylarks, lapwings, grey partridge and corn bunting are key farmland species we are trying to help through our management of arable land and hedgerows.

‘In our wet meadows, water voles, snipe and barn owls are the main conservation priorities, while the chalk hill grassland boasts over 140 species of plants, including rare orchids.

‘We have also been working with the local sustainability centre to educate schoolchildren about food production and the history of the countryside.’