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