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Downland Walk with Henry Edmunds

In the video you are about to see Henry Edmunds walks through a small part of the chalk downland he has restored describing the plants that now thrive there.

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Nature of Farming Award 2012


Henry Edmunds, owner of the Cholderton Estate in Wiltshire, has been crowned the UK's most wildlife-friendly farmer 2012. 

Henry is the first English winner of the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award, and he's a worthy winner indeed.

A vital community role

Cholderton is a mixed organic farm, and their motto is 'sustainable agriculture in practice'.

Since the Estate was formed by Henry's great-grandfather in the 1880's, it has been an important employer in the area. Henry strongly believes that the Estate must continue this vital role in the community. 

He believes providing for wildlife is as essential to the community as the employment and food that the Estate produces.

Teeming with wildlife

Careful management has seen lapwing numbers increasing, and the Estate also supports turtle doves.

Over 450 moth species have been recorded, 10% of which are classed as UK rarities. 

Woodlands have also managed to attract back the Duke of Burgundy Fritillary; a rare butterfly that has been recorded in three separate areas across the farm. 

You can read more about Henry and the Estate's work here.

Henry believes providing for wildlife is as essential to the community as the employment and food that the Estate produces.



The Nature of Farming Awards 2012 is sponsored by The Telegraph, and supported by Plantlife and Butterfly Conservation.

The Award is funded by the EU Life+ Programme, safeguarding the future of our farmland birds under the EU Birds Directive.



Nature of Farming Award 2012

Henry Edmunds the owner of the Cholderton Estate has won the Nature of Farming Award for the South West Region and has been selected as one ofthe four national finalists. From today members of the public are being asked to choose the UK’s most wildlife-friendly farmer. Details of how to vote can be found by clicking on the following link which leads to the RSPB website:

For the past thirty years Henry has aimed to achieve a balance between modern agriculture and the preservation of the countryside, with a belief that farming is a close co-operation between productivity and conservation.

Chalk grassland, grazed by the native Hampshire Downs sheep, is alive with flowers and buzzing with insects, including rare bumblebees, moths and butterflies, amongst them the stunning adonis blue.

Elsewhere on the farm corn buntings, lapwings and grey partridges thrive amongst the crops, alongside brown hares, diminutive harvest mice and rare arable plants such as cornflower and Martin’s ramping fumitory.

This abundance of wildlife sits neatly alongside food production where the harvest delivers a healthy landscape, economy and environment. 

Cast your vote for Henry Edmunds - by voting, you help the RSPB fight for a fairer deal for all wildlife-friendly farmers.


Barberry Boost

Around 2,000 Barberry Carpet moth larvae have been introduced to the organically managed Cholderton Estate. Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation timed the release to take place in the evening, giving the larvae a better chance of avoiding predators such as wasps and birds.

Click Here to read the full press release by Butterfly Conservation


Barn Owls at Cholderton

At Cholderton, this year Matt Stevens from the Hawk Conservancy has checked our barn owl boxes. The Hawk Conservancy supplied two boxes through their Fund-A-Bird project (

Click on the Nature & Wildlife tab to see how the Barn Owls have fared.


Factory Handover

The official handover and opening of the new factory built by the Estate for Country Leisure GRP Ltd. will take place today.

Country Leisure has been providing quality GRP mouldings since 1985. The company has grown with its success ever since, moving from four other facilities with an ever expanding workforce, to today's custom built production complex at Cholderton.


Ringing Stone Curlews

Two Stone Curlew pairs have successfully reared a total of 4 chickson on one of the least accssible parts of the estate. The nesting sites, which were situated 1000 metres apart on 2 hectare fallow sites, were unobstrusively but nevertheless carefully protected.

Immediately prior to fledging Tracé Williams of the RSPB assisted by Rory Edmunds ringed all 4 chicks.



Sea Eagles - a letter from Henry Edmunds

Henry Edmunds has had a letter published in the Daily Telegraph on the subject of the re-introduction of Sea Eagles into southern England and the misguided information on the threat this will pose to livestock.

Click here to see the letter and the link to the Telegraph website.


Moths & Bats Evening

Twenty-three people attended the Bats & Moths evening at Cholderton on National Moth Night.  Organised by the RSPB and hosted by Henry Edmunds the event was a great success despite the unseasonally cool weather.  

Both Pipistrelle and Serotine bats were seen and heard using bat detectors.  Twenty-nine species of moth were also seen at the two lights that were left running overnight. Chocolate-tip, Puss Moth and Seraphim were amongst the species seen, all of which have larvae that feed on poplar and aspen trees.  The Seraphim had not been recorded before on the estate which already has a list of around 600 moth species. 

The full list of what was seen can be found on the Hantsmoths website:



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