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Marsdens Game Feeds and the National Gamekeepers' Organisation Celebrates Conservation Success at the Conservation Champions Awards

Marsdens Game Feeds were extremely proud to team up with the National Gamekeepers' Organisation for the second annual Conservation Champions Awards held on Wednesday 10th April - recognising the vital role gamekeepers play in preserving biodiversity across the UK.

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Award Winners Highlighted

  • Marsdens Special Award: Geoff Eyre of WM Eyre & Sons for his dedication to moorland restoration and habitat improvement.
  • Innovation Award: Anthony Barber Lomax and Ruth Battye for their revolutionary wildfire risk assessment.
  • Joint Winners, Husbandry and Welfare Award: Anna Rainbird of Wallingfen Game Farm and Chris Bradbury of Nantclywyd Hall Shoot for their exceptional game bird welfare practices.
  • Habitat Award: George Winn Darley of Spaunton Estate for his work creating a haven for raptors and other wildlife.
  • Responsible Land Management Award: Edward Gallia of Nether Cerne Farm for his commitment to sustainable land management within a protected landscape.

Thomas Welham, Sales Director for Marsdens Game Feeds, was joined on the stage by David Pooler, Chairman of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, to present the awards on stage.

Geoff Eyre Wins Marsdens Special Award for Moorland Restoration

Geoff Eyre, of WM Eyre & Sons, has won the Marsdens Special Award for his outstanding contributions to gamekeeping and shooting. Nicknamed a "gardener on a landscape scale," Geoff has spent over 30 years pioneering moorland restoration techniques in the Peak District. His expertise and passion have made him a valuable resource for other organisations.

As one of his nominators shared: “Geoff’s legacy on moorland will stand the test of time – especially in the Peak District. Although I have nominated Geoff for the Marsdens Special Award, his work fits into many other categories, which is why, in my opinion; he is a true candidate for the top award.”

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A Celebration of Conservation Efforts

The awards ceremony showcased the remarkable efforts of gamekeepers, estates, and shoots in promoting biodiversity and responsible land management. Marsdens applauds all the nominees and encourages continued participation in future awards.

Stay Informed

For more information on the Conservation Champions Awards, visit We look forward to sharing more about the 2025 Conservation Champions Awards shortly.

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