A rural business in the Cotswolds has received a special award for its contribution to the 2022 Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Big Farmland Bird Count.

Overbury Enterprises was given the award in recognition of its long-term contribution in the national bird survey run by the GWCT.

“We chose Overbury Enterprises because of their commitment to the GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count – they have taken part every year since it began in 2014,” commented GWCT advisor Amber Lole who runs the count.

“Each year the team at Overbury Enterprises submits more counts than the previous year, as well as spreading the word about the count to their social media followers.”

The award was sponsored by Perdix Wildlife Supplies, and the winner received three PERDIX farmland bird feeders, a trail camera and two PERDIX bird nesting boxes.

Penelope Bossom, managing partner at Overbury Enterprise said:

“The beauty of taking part in the GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count is that it gives us an opportunity to get everyone together, from local people who love birds, to our farming and gardening teams, and it’s a great winter teambuilding activity.”

The 2022 Big Farmland Bird Count saw more than 1,900 farmers and land managers overcome challenging weather conditions to count over 420,000 individual birds in the survey which is now in its ninth year.

They spotted 130 species across more than 1.5 million acres.