Landowners and Farmers
Landowners and farmers have a vital role to play in protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of Derbyshire.
Some suggestions of ways in which farmers and landowners can help the BAP process are to:
- Identify areas of priority habitat and managing them to maintain and enhance their wildlife value.
- Creating and extending areas of priority habitats through natural regeneration and planting of native species of local origin.
- Producing nature conservation management plans for farms, estates and other areas of land in private ownership, with advice from organisations like Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and FWAG.
- Ensuring the protection of threatened or rare species such as those mentioned in the BAP.
- Contacting Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to find out if the land qualifies as a Local Wildlife Site and to access information and advice on appropriate management.
Some more specific examples of changes in practice that have a positive impact on biodiversity are:
- Decreasing the use of fertilisers and pesticides, including slug pellets, and avoiding spray drift onto field margins.
- Avoiding the removal of hedgerows and reinstating previously removed hedgerows with native hedgerow species of local origin.
- Laying hedgerows or cutting on a rotational basis.
- Creating ponds and associated wet areas such as ditches, flushes and marshy areas.
- Using native species of local origin in planting schemes.
Resources for promoting biodiversity for larger landowners can be found by entering into Environmental Stewardship and other grant schemes such as the England Woodland Grant Scheme.
There are many organisations such as the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), Natural England, NFU, the Country Land and Business Association and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, who can all offer the kind of support and advice that landowners need to balance wildlife and economic needs.