The Western Morning News Countryside Awards shortlist is out and Devon Birds is short listed under the category Contribution to Wildlife for its support with DNPA of the Cuckoo tagging and Satellite tracking project

In a recent Western Morning News it stated: 

“Flight of the Cuckoo: Devon Birds, in partnership with Dartmoor National Park Authority, is taking part in a national project managed by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) to track Dartmoor’s cuckoos via satellite on their long migration between their breeding grounds here, and their wintering grounds in Africa”.

Philip Bowern looks at the individuals, businesses and organisations who have been recognised and will go forward to battle for the top award in each category.

The rural Westcountry is a place of work, a place to play and a place of great beauty. But it is the people in it who make it tick.

On September 11 at the St Mellion golf and country club, in Cornwall, some of those individuals and the businesses and organisations they work for will be recognised in the inaugural Western Morning News Countryside Awards.

Recently the judges, led by WMN editor Bill Martin together with National Farmers’ Union South West regional Director Melanie Hall and Julie Edwards, Mole Valley Farmers Marketing and Communications Manager, studied the nominations for the difficult job of drawing up a shortlist.

The identity of the winners in each category will be revealed at the awards ceremony on 11 September but each of those individuals, organisations and projects shortlisted have already shown themselves to be great representatives of the rural Westcountry and all the great work it performs.

Mr Martin said: “Every one of the nominees was worthy of recognition in some way – but we feel that those on our shortlist best meet the criteria we set in each of the categories.

It is great that our work with Cuckoos has been recognised but we are up against stiff competion as the other two nominees are Stover Country Park a 114 acre site and Gerald Babcock nominated by Cornwall Wildlife Trust for work he carries out in many areas of Cornwall.