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Farm's award for lapwing project
Iwan Davies. Photo: Keith Freeburn
Iwan Davies works with the Tir Gofal agri-environment scheme
A farming couple from Conwy have been given a RSPB award for their work in helping the revival of lapwings.

The bird suffered a decline in the 1990s but Iwan and Eleanor Davies took part in a conservation project at their cattle farm near Cerrigydrudion.

They have controlled grazing and use of fertiliser during nesting periods, which has helped increase numbers.

The couple have also cut back on bracken regularly, to improve the habitat of the birds.

They received a runner-up prize in the conservation charity's Operation Lapwing competition.

Lapwing. Photo: RSPB
Lapwings were in serious decline in Wales in the 1990s

Mr Davies is the fifth generation of his family to farm on the 130-acre Cefn Nannau, while the family also rent 1,100 acres at Hafod Maidd farm nearby.

The conservation work is part of the Tir Gofal agricultural scheme.

As well as lapwings, there has also been an increase locally in black grouse and hen harriers.

Lapwings declined by 77% in Wales between 1987 and 1998.

Mr Davies said: "Under the Tir Gofal scheme we have invested heavily in time and money over the past few years to introduce more environmentally friendly practices into our operations here at Cefn Nannau and at Hafod Maidd.

"It's great to see our hard work reaping awards."


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