Broads farm advice focus area

To ensure the long-term survival of key species and improve their resilience to climate change, we must restore and improve the quality of habitats in the Broads.

Oystercatcher sitting in a nest

Overview

By working with farmers and other landowners we can create a network of well-managed habitats, allowing populations to move, expand and adapt. 
 
Larger populations will react more robustly to the pressures of climate change, sea level rise and predation. Farmers and landowners can reap financial benefits and emotional rewards from helping wildlife on their land and decision-makers can gain positive publicity and benefit from the RSPB's expertise.  

Objectives

  • To have worked with more than 60 landowners and positively influenced land management across 50 square kilometres of wet grassland and fen, so that wader numbers increase to 800 breeding pairs and productivity exceeds 0.8 chicks per pair.
  • To help crane expand its range in the Broads, with at least 13 nesting pairs producing no fewer than 10 young each year.

Planned Work

Delivery of land management advice, foot drain and pool creation to benefit lapwing, redshank and snipe. Consulting with Natural England over targeting as part of the new Countryside Stewardship scheme.

Results

To date, we have provided advice and carried out land management work for more than 60 landowners across an area of at least 25 square kilometres within the Broads. 
 
As a result of this activity we have encouraged numbers of breeding waders to increase on our reserves and expand into areas where they used to breed.

Download

Land management tips and advice for the common crane. Date: 23 October 2015. PDF, 853Kb

Land Management for Wildlife: Common Crane

Contacts

Coast on a stormy day

Ian Robinson

Broads Area Manager, RSPB

ian.robinson@rspb.org.uk
Tagged with: Country: England Habitat: Farmland Habitat: Grassland Habitat: Wetland Project status: Project types: Advocacy Project types: Species protection