2004-2005: Planning Your Entry Level Stewardship application

The aim of the Entry Level Stewardship scheme was to encourage farmers across the whole of England to deliver simple but effective environmental management. Farmers taking part in the scheme received payments subject to them carrying out specific practices which they select from an approved list. These practices address issues such as minimising diffuse pollution and protecting biodiversity, landscape and heritage features.

On behalf of the RSPB, AERU developed a simple software package allowing farmers to formulate an Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) strategy that would be of maximum benefit to farmland biodiversity. It assisted the user to select a series of management options that would suit a particular farm type and bird species or other wildlife of particular significance. As a result, the points requirement of the farm could be met, whilst making a valuable contribution to the preservation and encouragement of our rural wildlife heritage. This system was distributed free with Farmers Weekly and free of charge by the RSPB.


  • Green, A., Winspear, R. & Lewis, K. (2007). Integrating Strategies for Wildlife Management into Agri-environment Payment Schemes: A Decision Support Approach. EFITA/WCCA Conference Glasgow, July 2007.


Dr Andy Green


University of Hertfordshire
University of Hertfordshire, 2020.