Thirteenth Year of Conservation Award for Lincolnshire
The Jas. Martin & Co. Lincolnshire Grey Partridge Trophy was awarded for the thirteenth time at 11am on the CLA stand at the Lincolnshire Show on Wednesday 22nd June.
In 2016, twenty-eight participating estates, farms and shoots throughout Lincolnshire submitted spring counts of English (or Grey) Partridges to the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and thus became eligible to win the Trophy.
Although the spring counts for many participants were disappointing, Willoughton near Gainsborough, farmed by the Limestone Farming Co. Ltd was chosen as the clear winner. It had the highest spring pair count per square km of all of the entrants and has maintained consistently high partridge numbers in recent years. The Estate has been a previous runner up and is keepered by Des Wykes, who is the father of the keepers on the shoots of two previous winners of the trophy.
Austin Weldon of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, said a few words about this year’s results and all the hard work involved in conserving grey partridge in the County. The trophy was presented by Mrs Tessa Hood of Grange de Lings.
In addition to the silver partridge trophy the winner received a photograph of a covey of English partridge, taken by Ian Boyd, the winner of the 2012 GWCT Julian Gardner photographic competition.
The Jas Martin & Co. Lincolnshire Grey Partridge Trophy is awarded annually to recognise the estate farm or shoot that has done the most for grey partridges and to encourage more farmers and land owners to actively conserve grey partridges and to count the bird.
For further information contact:
R D Spurrier,
Jas. Martin & Co.
Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust