A review of environmental benefits supplied by agri-environment schemes

  • Published source details Boatman N., Ramwell C., Parry H., Jones N., Bishop J., Gaskell P., Short C., Mills J. & Dwyer J. (2008) A review of environmental benefits supplied by agri-environment schemes. Land Use Policy Group report.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Pay landowners to protect peatlands

Action Link
Peatland Conservation
  1. Pay landowners to protect peatlands

    A 2008 review of agri-environment schemes in Scotland, UK (Boatman et al. 2008) reported mixed effects on the area of bog habitat. No statistical tests were carried out. In three of six areas, agri-environment schemes protected bog habitats. The area of bog increased more, or decreased less, than would be expected based on national trends on similar land. In the other three areas, agri-environment schemes did not protect bog habitats. Here, the area of bog decreased more, or increased less, than would be expected based on national trends in similar land. The review does not report details of the agri-environment schemes.

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