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The Purdey Award for conservation

Five years ago the Bywell project began with the aim of producing a sustainable stock of English (Grey) Partridges and wild pheasants but it has also resulted in a dramatic increase of other wildlife including threatened species such as Lapwing and Curlew.

The Estate’s commitment to conservation was recognised in November 2017 when the team were awarded the prestigious Gold Award for Wildlife and Conservation at the Purdey Awards and was commended for its “outstanding vision”.

The judges described Bywell as ‘truly outstanding in nurturing a myriad of wildlife’.Bywell estate owners Viscount Allendale and his son, the Hon Wentworth Beaumont, along with headkeeper Alan Edwards, were presented with the trophy and £5,000 by BBC Countryfile star Adam Henson at a ceremony in the Purdey Long Room in London’s Mayfair

The judges recognised the “outstanding vision and leadership” of the Bywell estate in transforming the 5,000-acre shoot from a “family and friends” reared pheasant shoot in 2012 to a wild game shoot with a sustainable population of wild birds, including grey partridges.

 

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