Know How / Biodiversity

The new payments scheme will focus on farm land management practices which protect and restore wildlife and plant life. We look at ways you can create habitats on your land, where wildlife and plants can thrive, and how they can benefit your crops and livestock.

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Essex farm bought for £2m to showcase rewilding

An Essex farm is to showcase how rewilding can generate an income for landowners, while enhancing biodiversity and the environment. Landscape company Ground Control bought Grays Farm, in the village…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Farmer-led approach to underpin Scottish ag strategy

Future environmental schemes in Scotland will be designed around recommendations put forward by farmer-led groups, the Scottish government has announced. Five Farmer-led Climate Change Groups (FLGs), set up by the…

BUSINESS

Silvopasture: What it is and how it benefits livestock

Tree planting can make a valuable contribution to a range of public goods, such as carbon sequestration, improved soil health, increased biodiversity, water quality and flood mitigation, all of which…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Wild bird covers: Financial and environmental potential

Wild bird cover under a range of environmental scheme options has its roots in game shoot management. A couple of decades ago, little was grown other than for game cover.…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How to attract dung beetles to your livestock farm

Dung beetle populations in the UK are in trouble, says farmer and entomologist Sally-Ann Spence. These insects play a vital role in livestock systems with dung pat management, soil health…

LAND MARKETS

Sussex farm weighs pros and cons of biodiversity pilot scheme

The concept of biodiversity net gain (BNG) will become increasingly familiar over the next few years as developers look for land on which to offset their environmental obligations.  Doing a…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How mixed low-input farming can help grassland biodiversity

Gloucestershire farmer Ian Boyd has turned his intensively farmed arable land into wildflower meadows and introduced herbal leys into the cropping rotation. This has enabled him to tap into environmental…

ARABLE

How to establish, manage and rejuvenate hedgerows

Healthy hedges are a lifeline for wildlife, providing food and habitat, including for many of the birds within the Farmland Bird Index as well as for priority mammal species in…

BPS

How a Sussex arable farmer is preparing for the ELM scheme

Taking 16% of his arable land out of production and introducing measures which will improve the farm’s natural capital are how West Sussex grower Mark Chandler is preparing his arable…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

ELM trial launches reverse auction for turtle dove project

Farmers in parts of East Anglia are being encouraged to take part in a reverse auction where they bid for funding to create habitat for turtle doves. The RSPB will…

PIGS

Suffolk pig producers see multiple benefits from pollinators

Combining outdoor pig rearing with planting pollinator strips has helped Suffolk-based Dingley Dell Pork raise sow performance, help the environment and provide a marketing boost for their direct sales business.…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Biodiversity net gain – what is it, how will it work?

Biodiversity net gain (BNG) requires the effect on biodiversity of a new development to be quantified, and following development, the overall amount of natural habitat to be enhanced and left…

ENVIRONMENT

Organic farmer branches out into agroforestry

Eastbrook Farm is home to renowned organic farmer and chief executive of the Soil Association, Helen Browning. She took over the farm, and its subsequent conversion to organic status, at…

ARABLE

How Britain's bee farmers can help raise crop yields

Britain’s bee farmers could have a key role in helping growers increase arable and fruit crop yields, by providing a targeted pollination service. There are about 400 professional bee farmers in…

ARABLE

How encouraging bees can lift arable crop yields by a third

Planting and managing flower-rich mixes to support wild pollinators can bring an economic benefit to arable businesses by raising crop performance. Research conducted over six years by the Centre for…

ARABLE

Tips on creating bee habitats on arable land

Creating farmland habitats for bees is a matter of putting the right measures in the right places, as well as maximising what is already available on the farm. Growers who…

ARABLE

How to understand a bee's needs when establishing margins

Understanding the needs of bees is an important first step in being able to make better provision for them, such as when establishing new margins under the Countryside Stewardship scheme.…