Conservation Evidence strives to be as useful to conservationists as possible. Please take our survey to help the team improve our resource.

Providing evidence to improve practice

Individual study: A review of environmental benefits supplied by agri-environment schemes

Published source details

Boatman N., Ramwell C., Parry H., Jones N., Bishop J., Gaskell P., Short C., Mills J. & Dwyer J. (2008) A review of environmental benefits supplied by agri-environment schemes. Land Use Policy Group Report report.


This study is summarised as evidence for the intervention(s) shown on the right. The icon shows which synopsis it is relevant to.

Pay landowners to protect peatlands Peatland Conservation

A 2008 review of agri-environment schemes in Scotland, UK (Boatman et al. 2008) reported mixed effects on the area of bog habitat. No statistical tests were carried out. In three of six areas, agri-environment schemes protected bog habitats. The area of bog increased more, or decreased less, than would be expected based on national trends on similar land. In the other three areas, agri-environment schemes did not protect bog habitats. Here, the area of bog decreased more, or increased less, than would be expected based on national trends in similar land. The review does not report details of the agri-environment schemes.