Provide or retain set-aside areas in farmland
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Allocation of some farmland to ‘set-aside’ (fields taken out of production) was compulsory under European agricultural policy from 1992 until 2008. Originally intended as a method of reducing production, set-aside has also been promoted as a way of protecting on-field biodiversity. Set-aside fields that are left to naturally regenerate may provide important foraging habitat for bats within the farmed landscape. For studies that may carry out this intervention alongside other interventions to benefit bats on farmland, see ‘Pay farmers to cover the costs of conservation measures (e.g. agri-environment schemes)’.