A dedicated Norfolk farm conservationist has won a coveted award for his "outstanding" efforts to boost nature on his land.

James Bucher, of Hall Farm at Knettishall, between Diss and Thetford, won the Ian MacNicol Farm Conservation Award, organised by Norfolk FWAG (Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group).

He impressed judges with his outstanding conservation work and a "remarkable approach to regenerative agriculture", including successful intercropping trials.

Another memorial trophy was won by Andrew Hill, of Malt House Farm in Horningtoft, near Dereham, who earned the Richard Waddingham Pond Conservation Award for his 30 years of dedication to pond restoration and its "incredible transformative power" on farm wildlife - something the award's namesake strongly believed in.

The awards were presented at Norfolk FWAG's annual meeting, where speakers showcased conservation and sustainable farming initiatives.

They included Glenn Anderson from the Wendling Beck Environment Project, who explained the value of "landscape recovery" partnerships, and WildEast’s founding trustee Ollie Birkbeck, who underlined the need for a mass undertaking of nature recovery.

Phil Courtier, director of place at Broadland and South Norfolk Councils, outlined potential opportunities in the "natural capital" market, while Helen Greaves from University College London highlighted the successes of the Norfolk Ponds Project.