Study

Wildlife gain from agri-environment schemes: recommendations from English Nature's habitat and species specialists

  • Published source details Reid C. & Grice P. (2000) Wildlife gain from agri-environment schemes: recommendations from English Nature's habitat and species specialists. English Nature Research Reports report, No. 143.

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Action Category

Pay farmers to cover the cost of conservation measures (as in agri-environment schemes)

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Farmland Conservation
  1. Pay farmers to cover the cost of conservation measures (as in agri-environment schemes)

    A 2000 review of the effectiveness of agri-environment schemes in England (Reid & Grice 2000) reported that two bird species - Eurasian thick-knee (stone curlew) Burhinus oedicnemus and cirl bunting Emberiza cirlus had benefited from the introduction of agri-envrionment schemes. Numbers of cirl bunting increased from 118 pairs in 1989 to approximately 450 in 1998 following the introduction of measures including a ‘special project’ under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. The review also stated that cirl bunting numbers showed a 82% increase in squares with Countryside Stewardship Scheme agreements between 1992 and 1998, but only a 2% increase on adjacent non-Countryside Stewardship Scheme squares. The number of Eurasian thick-knees increased from 150 pairs in 1991 to 254 by 2000 following the introduction of measures associated with agri-environment schemes including habitat management in the Brecks Environmentally Sensitive Area, and provision of nesting plots on set-aside as part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

     

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