Yorkshire Wolds and Coast focus area

We are working with farmers and landowners to create and maintain sustainable food sources, as well as breeding opportunities for wildlife on farms

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Overview

To maintain and enhance populations of key farmland birds as well as other wildlife, including wild flowers, by working with farmers and landowners to create and maintain sustainable food sources, as well as breeding opportunities for wildlife on farms.
 
The aim is to create a network of habitats across the landscape without impacting on farm profitability.

Objectives

  • The RSPB adviser for the area can offer the following services free of charge:
  • Whole farm surveys of flora and fauna complete with maps and photos
  • Help with applying for environmental grants
  • Help with implementing Stewardship Agreements
  • Advice on creating new woodland and managing existing woodland
  • Advice on enhancing the farm for wildlife with or without grant aid
  • Farmland bird surveys

Progress

  • We have worked with 60 farmers to date and completed a number of Higher Level Stewardship applications
  • Breeding bird surveys have been completed on 30 farms

 

Planned Work

Helping farmers to apply for the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme. Preparing whole farm wildlife reports to include habitat management advice for farmland birds, insects, flora, mammals and woodland management.
 
The area has important chalk flora and butterflies as well as rare arable plants.

Contacts

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Chris Tomson

Conservation Adviser, RSPB

chris.tomson@rspb.org.uk
Tagged with: Country: England Habitat: Farmland Habitat: Grassland Habitat: Wetland Habitat: Woodland Project status: Ongoing Project types: Site protection Project types: Species protection