Rural Land management and Agri-environmental schemes

All land owners should be required to implement certain basic practices to increase basic levels of wildlife abundance and biodiversity.

For example, hedgerow management that involves biennial or triennial cutting should be manditory - this will not affect stock-proofing as all hedges that are not traditionally laid are not stock-proof and are fenced anyway. It would increase dramatically the ability of hedges to support more wildlife and help connectivity throughout the wider landscape. Costs would be reduced significantly for this activity.

Increases in intensification should require increased input into the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity and more stringent practices to reduce pollution.

Administration of agri-environmental schemes should be over-hauled, and support provided for land-owners in the cost of maintaing existing features that provide conservation and biodiversity value, not just the creation of improvements. Entry level requirements should be more demanding and the finacial reward more generous. My experience as a field ecologist informs me that the majority of farms are not involved in the scheme and beaurocracy and poor administration have resulted in a negative image.

Why the contribution is important

Too many land owners do not consider or are not aware of the impacts of modern practices and agri-environmental schemes have not worked very well in the past - witness the continued decline in biodiversity, despite numerous policy changes and commitments. A big difference could be made with a few very simple changes to the rules governing land management practices.

The significance of tourism in the rural ecomomy and the positive impact of a rich and biodiverse landscape also make this idea important.

 

 

 

 

by denvaughan on September 01, 2016 at 01:37PM

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  • Posted by CelynMenai February 23, 2017 at 14:01

    Diolch i chi am rannu eich syniadau a sylwadau!

    Mae eich blaenoriaethau a syniadau yn cael eu defnyddio i helpu’r Pwyllgor i ysgrifennu ei adroddiad ar sut y gallwn ddatblygu egwyddorion sy'n sail i bolisi amaethyddiaeth a datblygu gwledig newydd i Gymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth, plîs cysylltwch â fi ar celyn.cooper@cynulliad.cymru. Mi fyddai’n sicr o ddiweddaru’r tudalennau hyn a’r sgwrs fel mae hyn yn datblygu.

    Mae eich syniadau a’ch blaenoriaethau hefyd wedi bod o gymorth i’r Pwyllgor wrth iddo wahodd sefydliadau a chyrff cynrychioliadol i’r Senedd i roi tystiolaeth ar lafar ar ddyfodol amaeth yng Nghymru.

    O ddiddordeb , mae'r Pwyllgor yn cynnal nifer o ymgynghoriadau newydd ar hyn o bryd. Mae croeso i chi gysylltu yn uniongyrchol, neu ymweld â wefan y Pwyllgor am fanylion pellach: http://www.assembly.wales/cy/bus-home/committees/Pages/Committee-Profile.aspx?cid=444

    Diolch o galon i chi gyd eto!

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    Thank you for sharing your idea and comments!

    Your ideas and priorities are now being used to help the Committee write its report on how we can develop principles to underpin a new agriculture and rural development policy for Wales. For more information, please do contact me @ celyn.cooper@assembly.wales. I’ll also make sure to update the pages and this thread to keep you updated as this progresses.

    Your ideas and priorities have also been a great support for the Committee as it invited representative organisations and bodies to come to the Senedd and give oral evidence on the future of agriculture in Wales.

    Of interest, the Committee is also undertaking a number of other inquiries at the moment that may be of interest. You're more than welcome to contact me directly, or visit the Committee's webpage for more information on how to get involved: http://www.assembly.wales/en/bus-home/committees/Pages/Committee-Profile.aspx?cid=444

    Thank you again for all your contributions!
    Diolch!

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