Natural England agreement scale monitoring – ADAS, FERA, ESL and CCRI
ADAS was a major part of the Consortium delivering this project under a framework agreement with Natural England (LM0458). The project established a baseline at the agreement level, against which the environmental effectiveness of Countryside Stewardship (CS), in terms of achieving the priority scheme objectives and synergies across objectives, was assessed through subsequent resurvey.
This work provided evidence on the quality of the implementation of agreements and will underpin further work to evaluate the environmental impact of schemes beyond the agreement scale e.g. to input to modelling at larger spatial scales.
The baseline covered assessment of capital works and land management options and their likely effectiveness in delivering impacts for biodiversity, resource protection (water, air and soils), climate change adaptation and mitigation, historic environment and landscape. Our methodology required the establishment of an evaluation framework, design and implementation of a field survey and modelling of climate mitigation and resource protection impacts.
Many of the sites monitored were on the south coast of England, for example, Hampshire, Dorset and Kent. For example, in 2017 and 2018, monitoring was carried out in the Romney Marsh and Dungeness areas of Kent. This work encompassed a range of Priority Habitats such as species-rich ditches, shingle, salt marsh and other wetlands habitats. Since much of the work was on private landholdings, ADAS botanists recorded a number of new locations for declining and threatened species, in particular vascular plants and birds.
Contact Sam Lowe at Sam.Lowe@adas.co.uk for more information.