Essex farmland bird project
This project is working with farmers near Wallasea Island and the Essex Coast corn bunting population. The aim is to provide a network of management through agri-environment schemes to benefit corn buntings and other priority farmland birds.
- The project will seek to directly influence farmers and assist with agri-environmental scheme plans providing a network of arable land management options on over 100 square kilometres. Particular focus on arable land within the range of the Essex Coast corn bunting population. These habitats will also have high value for other farmland species such as skylark and yellow wagtail.
- Provide 1:1 advice and support to farmers and landowners throughout the Essex coastal area. In particular advice will be focused on arable farmland surrounding the Crouch and Roach estuaries including the Foulness complex and the Dengie peninsula. This will involve site visits, discussions with the farmer and relevant Natural England staff, drawing up management plans and the completion of the necessary scheme paperwork.
- The project will continually identify the need for running farmer demonstration events to instil enthusiasm into a substantial body of farmers to deliver positive land management for farmland birds.
- Promotion of project.
- Site visits, discussions with farmers and Natural England staff.