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Action Plan:  Habitats
Farmland, Grassland and Heathland
Arable Field Margins
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County Lead Organisation:
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Objectives
  • To maintain the biodiversity of appropriate cereal field margins within the county.

Policy
  • Lobby for positive conservation incentives and further grant aid for the creation and sympathetic management of field margins. (SWT, RSPB and other NGOs) 
  • Seek to encourage the placement of 2-6 metre field margins along streams and brooks adjacent to or within arable fields. (DEFRA, FWAG)
 
Protection
  • Some compounds have statutory label exemptions preventing their use on the outermost six metre strips of crops to prevent over-spraying of watercourses and protect non-cropped habitats.
  • Under the Food & Environment Act 1985 it is currently illegal to spray directly into hedge bottoms unless they have off-label exemptions.
 
Management, Monitoring, Research and Survey
  • Seek to restore and create further areas of arable field margins in appropriate areas. (DEFRA, FWAG, FoM, TNF)
  • Seek to focus restoration in areas of high biodiversity (e.g. barn owl sites) to increase the network of field margins. (DEFRA, FWAG) 
  • Funding for arable field margin enhancements is available under the Environmental Stewardship.
 
Advisory
  • Seek to ensure that all landowners are aware of any management grants that may be available for arable field margins e.g. Countryside Stewardship. (DEFRA, FWAG)
  • Promote the biodiversity and landscape value of arable field margins to the public and landowners. (SBAP Partnership)
 
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