Environmental Stewardship is an agri-environment scheme that provides funding to farmers and other land managers in England, who deliver effective environmental management on their land. Typically, information on the land holding is collected and mapped to form a Farm Environmental Plan (FEP) which is then used to inform a detailed agreement, such as a Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreement. We have undertaken a number of detailed FEP’s and HLS agreements, including Hartlebury Common Nature Reserve for Worcestershire County Council, Blackstone Fields for Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and Rough Hill Orchard for the People’s Trust for Endangered Species.
This is a good time to carry out nut searches for signs of dormice. Late September is also the end of the reptile season and bat survey seasons. We start compiling the majority of European Protected Species licence (EPSL) applications from this time onwards.
Please refer to our survey timetable for further information on surveys that can be undertaken this season.
Photo Credits: WWC