- Wildlilfe Sites Officers
Tel: 01234 364213
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For a list of funding opportunities please see the funding page.
- Defra have a online resource which provides farmers with practical information and guidance on farming regulations.
- Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV)
- CAP 2020 – debating the future for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
- Country Land and Business Association (CLA)
- Environment Agency Best Practice Farming
- European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism
- Farming Futures
- Farmwildlife website provides case studies, a discussion forum, information and an event listing
- Food Climate Research Network
- Foresight – land use futures project
- Linking Environment anf Farming (LEAF)
- National Farmers Union (NFU)
- Natural England
- Operation Polinator
- Small Farm Forum
- Soil Association
- Sustainable Arable Farming For an Improved Environment (SAFFIE)
- The Voluntary Initiative (promoting responsible pesticide use)
Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE)
Farmers care for the land they farm and know that a healthy environment is essential for sustainable farming.
In order to retain and exceed the environmental benefits that used to be provided by set aside, all the leading farming organisations (e.g. NFU and CLA) are now working together to encourage farmers and land managers to voluntarily adopt important land management practices that will benefit the environment.
The campaign will focus on three key themes: resource (soil and water) protection, farmland birds and farmland wildlife. The voluntary campaign will be working largely with arable farmers – those who previously had set-aside – who are either in or outside of Environmental Stewardship (ES). Farming organisations will be working closely with Natural England to help them meet targets of increasing number of farmers in ES agreements through encouraging agreement renewal (beginning from 2010) and new take-up for those not in the scheme.
Another key aim is to encourage voluntary environmental measure adoption. 15 land management options have been identified which could provide the greatest benefits to the three key themes described above. These are similar management options to those found in ES but they are entirely voluntary, less prescriptive and more flexible. The 15 voluntary measures are aimed at farmers who don’t wish to participate in ES but wish to improve their farmland environment.
The campaign will be delivered by county liaison groups and BCNP Wildlife Trust is a member of the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire groups. The county liaison groups will organise and manage promotional activities and events (e.g. farm walks). To see what events are occurring in your area please visit the CFE website. Defra have made it clear that if CFE objectives are not met by June 2012 then legislation requiring mandatory 5% set aside may be enacted. The NFU sees this voluntary approach as being more intelligent than a blanket approach – it allows for the targeted application of environmental measures in the locations where they will have the most benefit. This will deliver greater environmental improvements than the one-size-fits-all regulatory approach initially proposed by Defra. This campaign could also demonstrate how well such partnerships and voluntary schemes can work which may mean that future proposed legislation can be substituted for a similar approach.
For more information see:
|Basic Payment Scheme update|
Paper forms have now been made available for farmers and agents to apply for the new Basic Payment Scheme and the deadline has been extended by a month to June 15. The announcement was made after the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) failed to bring the online system up to full functionality in time to meet the application deadline. The online system will only need to be used for registration. For more information about submitting your claim by June 15 click here.
|Bedfordshire’s 2014 Wild Places Newsletter|
As 2014 is drawing to a close, I thought it was time to produce the sixth ‘Wild Places’ newsletter. This newsletter is produced specifically for owners/managers of wildlife sites in Bedfordshire. The latest edition includes articles on the Rural Development Programme update, traditional orchards, the forthcoming BSBI Plant Atlas 2020 and more. I hope you find it interesting.
|Flora Locale Training Workshops 2015|
Flora Locale are offering a programme of training and demonstration events. Read more
|BCN Wildlife Trust Training Courses|
The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire is offering a series of training workshops in 2015. These range from species identification to habitat management and practical conservation. Read more