Nature Heroes - Wildlife Croft Skye, Phil Knott and Laura Cunningham
Small is beautiful in Phil Knott’s and Laura Cunningham’s corner of Skye. Their Wildlife Croft Skye is managed with biodiversity and soil health to the fore. Using nature-based solutions, the croft is seeing big benefits to wildlife and resilience to the strong winds and inclement weather they regularly experience. Their careful management has seen the number of bird species breeding on the croft increase to include garden warbler, whitethroat and cuckoo. They were excited to discover the rare plant species moonwort on the croft and have recorded over 70 species of wild flowers.
Wildlife Croft Skye produces fruit and vegetables for themselves and for others. For them it's important to show that with the right land management you can have food, fuel, fibre, and biodiversity and sequester carbon.
Laura and Phil’s story is being shared on the Farming for a Better Climate site, which is a programme run by SAC Consulting and supported by the Scottish Government, Quality Meat Scotland, NFU Scotland and Soil Association Scotland. Phil is a very active mentor through the Farm Advisory Service’s mentoring scheme.
Wildlife Croft Skye received grants from the Woodland Trust to plant 600 trees and 1100 hedging plants in 2017 as part of the Trust’s MOREwoods and MOREhedges scheme.
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