Lakes high fells upland advisory project
The Lakes High Fells Upland Advisory Project has been developed primarily to help farmers with high-quality habitats on their land convert their expiring Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) agreements into new Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreements.
- To deliver face-to-face farm conservation advice and agri-environment scheme support to farmers and landowners.
- To restore important upland habitats that support declining or scarce populations of upland bird species (including breeding waders, red grouse, woodland birds and potential for hen harriers).
- Work closely with partners to demonstrate to farmers, foresters, decision makers and others the wider benefits of a landscape-scale approach to conservation management.
- To provide ongoing support and commitment to help farmers deliver their agri-environment schemes.
- Monitor schemes to ensure ecological and ecosystems services benefits are delivered and can be demonstrated.
- Submitting applications to secure 22 square kilometres of priority habitats in HLS agreement.
- HLS ‘aftercare’ visits to eight existing agreement holders, to ensure the options and management are working for both farmer and Natural England.