Improving the success of agri-environment schemes

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Award: RES-227-25-0010
Project website
PI: James Bullock, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford
Dates: 30/09/2006 - 29/09/2011
 
Agri-environment schemes are intended to improve natural habitats but the results are mixed. This project examines how well wildlife habitats are created under such schemes, and whether training for farmers improves the outcomes.

Data created

Farmer interviews on agri-environment schemes
Interviews with farmers to assess the link between attitudes towards agri-environmental schemes (AES) and biodiversity conservation on farmland, to a range of social and demographic factors. Half of the studied farms were carrying out agri-environmental management options to provide winter food for birds, while the other half were planting wildflower strips to provide pollen and nectar for pollinators (bumblebees and butterflies).

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Data type: Qualitative
Data format: MS Word
Sample size: 48 farmers
Country: United Kingdom
Status: Research completed
On-farm biodiversity transects
Recordings of the area and quality of crop and non-crop habitats using plant species diversity, nectar sources, vegetation structures and boundary features.

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Data type: Quantitative
Data format: Oracle
Sample size: 48 farms
Country: United Kingdom
Status: Research completed
Indicator species on farms
Bird, butterfly, bee and plant location and abundance throughout the farms. Up to 3 option patches were selected on each farm, paired with control patches in arable field. At all patches, data was gathered on the surroundings of each patch (shelter, ditches, crop type, etc), and surveys were done in 2006/7, 2007/8 and 2010/11. For pollinator strips, 2 surveys in each year along 2 transects per patch quantified the abundance of each plant species, the abundance of flowers of each species, and the number of each butterfly and bumblebee species. For bird food patches one sample was made of the abundance and species of seed produced and 3 surveys were done in each year of the number of each bird species.

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Data type: Quantitative
Data format: Oracle
Sample size: 48 farms
Country: United Kingdom
Status: Research completed
Landscape survey around farms
1KM survey around 48 farms using aerial photography

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Data type: Quantitative
Data format: Oracle
Sample size: 48 farms
Country: United Kingdom
Status: Research completed