More than 20 GWCT Fife members enjoyed a tour of the Trust’s new Scottish research and demonstration project at Newton House, Auchtermuchty.
GWCT Senior Advisor Hugo Straker and Director Scotland, Dr Adam Smith, led the evening’s stroll around the five-acre site explaining how, where, when and why the experimental mixes of seeds had been planted. The aim of the research is to establish which mix of crops produces the most beneficial nesting and foraging areas for farmland birds, in particular our declining native grey partridge.
The GWCT will be monitoring the benefits of the new headlands for wild birds, bees and other pollinators. Lively discussion and drinks followed the walk, interrupted only by the sight of a covey of partridge alighting from the demonstration field – an encouraging omen!
The evening was with the kind permission of Mr & Mrs Benedict Lawson. The Demonstration Project is generously sponsored by Kings Seeds.