Patrick Barker is a farmer and conservationist from Westhorpe in Mid-Suffolk. His 533ha family farm is a LEAF Demonstration Farm, and AHDB Strategic Farm and they are past winners of both the Farmers Weekly Countryside Farmer of the Year and FWAG’s Silver Lapwing award. The family business also takes on farming and environmental contracting and farm wildlife consultancy. Conservation is integral to the farm; they have a Countryside Stewardship Higher Tier scheme and Patrick’s ethos is to farm in modern productive ways while having a farm full of wildlife. He is also a BTO licensed bird ringer and ringing trainer and an area coordinator for the Suffolk Barn Owl Project.