10 May 2016

Farmer and CBeebies presenter to learn the latest in farming for wildlife and conservation

JB Gill _Edmund DabneyBudding farmer and CBeebies presenter JB Gill, once of boy band JLS, is preparing to enhance his farming skills on a visit to the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s (GWCT) research and demonstration farm in Leicestershire.

JB is best known for being a member of the band JLS, which soared to fame through the X Factor TV series. Since leaving the band, he has explored his passion for farming and is a lead presenter on the new CBeebies programme ‘Down on the Farm’.

The celebrity will be visiting the GWCT’s first demonstration farm, the Allerton Project, at Loddington in Leicestershire.

The Allerton Project has been running for over 20 years, during which time the research focus has been on demonstrating how to combine productive farming with wildlife conservation and broader environmental management.

During JB’s time at the Allerton Project he will be learning about how farmers can increase wildlife numbers, improve soil health and continue to provide food for a growing population.

JB says: “I’m really looking forward to learning more about the work the Allerton Project does, its farmland research, and the importance of caring for the environment, while farming profitably.”

The visit will include a tour around the farm itself, showing JB the current work that the Allerton Project is undertaking, such as the year-round songbird research.

JB will also be observing a primary school event run in collaboration with the Country Trust, which is part of the Allerton Project’s wider work on education.

Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

ISDN radio broadcast line – at our Fordingbridge HQ we have an ISDN radio broadcast line, allowing us to conduct interviews remotely.

For information, contact:
Kate Williams
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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