Buffets for birds, homes for hares: Making farmland work for people & wildlife
Samantha Lee, RSPB Senior Conservation Officer Image: Tom Marshall (rspb-images.com)
Overview Insert pic of farmland with common spp that are in decline?
Image: Ben Andrew (rspb-images.com)
Key principles • Think landscape, think mosaic • Maintain, restore, create
• Do enough (10%) 6 key points of the farm wildlife 1. existing habitats 2. field boundaries 3. wet features 4. flower rich habitats 5. seed rich areas 6. farmed areas
https://farmwildlife.info/ Image: Kevin Sawford (rspb-images.com)
Main image: Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) Species images: Andy Hay , Ben Andrew, John Bridges, Chris Gomershall, RSPB, John Thurlow
Turtle dove package • 3 ha seed rich habitat p/100ha TD bespoke seed mix Annually cultivated plots/ margins
• Mature hedgerow & scrub 1000m (or equivalent)
• Source of water e.g. pond, reservoir, lake, scrape • Located within 500m
Image: Jonny Rankin
Nature after minerals
Case study: Solar farm •
54.53 ha development, total fenced solar park 37.49ha
Adjacent to a nature reserve
Target spp TD, YW, TS, P.
The mitigation package: Maintain & enhance existing tree and hedgerow network Maintain existing, establish more rough grassland Establish: 3 ha P&N targeted at TD 2 ha WBSM targeting CB & TS 3.19 ha flower rich grassland 6m annually cultivated margin around field being retained within arable regime Image: Ray Kennedy (RSPB-images.com)
Case study: Housing development • •
216 ha development site on farmland ensure adequate mitigation for farmland birds
The mitigation package:
5 range-restricted declining farmland birds TD, CB, G., L. & YW -
all 4 of the declining generalists: Li, S.,RB,Y.
retain, restore & manage existing scrub & hedgerow Retain, restore, establish & manage areas of rough grassland 21.6ha creation of the following habitat:
8.65 ha WBSM targeting CB
Habitat creation for 2018 breeding season
8.65 ha P&N flower mix targeting TD 4.3 ha cultivated fallow
Image: Andy Hay (RSPB-images.com)
Images: Turtle dove (Liz Cutting), Peach blossom moth (David Kjaer, rspb-images.com), White letter hairstreak (Steve Knell, rspb-images.com), Buff-tailed bumblebee (Richard Bedforth, rspb-images.com), nightingale (John Bridges, rspb-images.com)
Contacts Farmland: Samantha Lee, Senior Conservation Officer (Eastern England) Samantha.firstname.lastname@example.org Andrew Holland, Conservation Advisor (Cambs & Norfolk Fens) email@example.com Kerry Skelhorn, Conservation Advisor (Brecks & Minsmere) firstname.lastname@example.org Emma Stobart, Turtle Dove Conservation Advisor (Essex) email@example.com
Planning Mark Nowers, Conservation Officer (Essex, Herts, South Suffolk) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacqui Miller, Conservation Officer (Officer) email@example.com
Aggregates firstname.lastname@example.org / http://www.afterminerals.com/about-us/ Jenny Oldroyd, Business Conservation Adviser email@example.com
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