Study

Impact of agri-environment schemes on British lowland heath and cirl bunting Emberiza cirlus populations

  • Published source details Ovenden G., Swash A. & Smallshire D. (1998) Agri-environment schemes and their contribution to the conservation of biodiversity in England. Journal of Applied Ecology, 35, 955-960

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Pay farmers to cover the costs of bird conservation measures

Action Link
Bird Conservation

Pay farmers to cover the cost of conservation measures (as in agri-environment schemes)

Action Link
Farmland Conservation
  1. Pay farmers to cover the costs of bird conservation measures

    A 1998 literature review (Ovenden et al. 1998) found that cirl buntings Emberiza cirlus in Britain responded positively to Countryside Stewardship Schemes, reaching population levels of 360-388 occupied territories in 1995- 1997, compared with 118 or so in the mid-1980s. Some of the interventions used include reducing grassland management intensity; sowing arable field margins; managing hedgerows for wildlife; growing spring barley; reducing herbicide use and maintaining overwinter stubbles. More studies describing the effects of these interventions are discussed in the relevant sections.

  2. Pay farmers to cover the cost of conservation measures (as in agri-environment schemes)

    A 1998 literature review (Ovenden et al. 1998) found that cirl bunting Emberiza cirlus in the UK responded positively to Countryside Stewardship Schemes, reaching population levels of 360-388 occupied territories in 1995-1997 (Evans 1997), compared with 118 or so in the mid-1980s (Evans 1992). Some of the interventions used include reducing grassland management intensity, sowing arable field margins, managing hedgerows for wildlife, growing spring barley, reducing herbicide use and maintaining overwinter stubbles. 

    Additional references:

    Evans A.D. (1992) The numbers and distribution of cirl buntings Emberiza cirlus breeding in Britain in 1989. Bird Study, 39, 17-22.

    Evans A.D. (1997) Cirl buntings in Britain. British Birds, 90, 267-282.

     

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