In Northern Ireland, according to the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), around ¾ of the countryside is farmed. Unfortunately with the advent of modern monoculture farming practices – there has been a marked decline in wildlife. Natural diverse habitat loss, synthetic fertilizers, chemical sprays are all taking their toll.
Roy Lyttle along with his wife Sheila and their son Alexander are Northern Ireland’s biggest growers of leeks. They also produce scallions or spring onions and some other vegetables, and although a small amount of their land is certified organic, the majority of it is not. Roy and his family are on a mission to incorporate wildlife friendly practices into their conventional farming practices. They are doing such a good job that Roy received Northern Ireland’s Most Wildlife Friendly Farmer award for 2016 that is sponsored by the RSPB.
Conventional farms and farmers like Roy are really important because they offer a new model of the kinds of wildlife friendly actions that can be taken by conventional farmers producing large monocultural yields for supermarkets.
On this show recorded on the 29th of December 2016 I talked to farmer Roy Lyttle about his passion for nature, and what his family are doing as Northern Ireland’s biggest producer of leeks to help wildlife return to their patch of the countryside.
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For more information –
- The RSPB’s story on Roy Lyttle farming practices – at http://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/rspb-news/news/details.aspx?id=432372
- Follow Roy’s Facebook page – at Roy Lyttle Ltd
This show was originally broadcast on the 12th January 2017 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.