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Agri Environment and Land Use Strategy

We specialise in research into the agricultural and environmental impacts of land use policy in the UK, and the provision of evidence to policy makers in these areas. We have expertise and experience in the design and evaluation of agri-environment schemes and mapping and spatial analysis of rural land use.

Our work has included major monitoring and evaluation studies of Environmental Stewardship, the Campaign for the Farmed Environment and cross-compliance as well as research into the ecology and conservation of specific taxa on farmland such as arable bryophytes and pollinating insects. We are also developing approaches to investigate the environmental impacts of future land use change.

A selection of current projects

  • Providing independent assessment and verification of the uptake of options under the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (Defra)
  • Linking agriculture and land use change to pollinator populations (BBSRC)
  • Farmer attitudes and evaluation of outcomes to on-farm environmental management (Defra)
  • Monitoring the Impacts of Entry Level Stewardship (Natural England)
  • Resource Protection Monitoring of uptake and management of ES options to address diffuse water pollution from agriculture (Natural England)
  • Correlative analysis of datasets to assess the degree of success in the delivery of Environmental Stewardship objectives (Natural England)
  • Assessing the environmental outcomes of the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (Defra)
  • Impact and effectiveness of Phytophthora treatment on heathland and other semi-natural habitats (Defra)
  • Evidence requirements to support the design of new agri-environment schemes (Defra)
  • Evaluating the impacts of limiting free choice in management option selection by Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) applicants (Natural England)

Agricultural & Horticultural Brochure

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  • Drone Field Mapping & Satellite Capability - understanding crop stress
  • Crop Protection - heritage & exclusive access to datasets
  • Extensive range of experts & custodians of the National Collection of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria

Contact the Plant Clinic

Tel:+44 (0)300 100 0322

plantclinic@fera.co.uk