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Linking research to practitioners in agri-environmental schemes for upland heaths and blanket bogs - BD1234

Description
Contract BD1217 has highlighted the urgent need to improve the extent and rate of information flow between researchers and practitioners. There is a specific requirement to provide opportunities for exchange of ideas, to update practitioners on current research and to demonstrate the practical implications of research for upland management. It is recognised that while some management issues are widespread, others are more regional. Within BD1217, the most successful vehicles for information exchange have been the workshops and field days. The latter, in particular, are effective in targeting landowners and land managers.

The focus of this study is to extend technology transfer to agri-environment scheme project officers, conservation officers and land managers working on practical issues of moorland management and restoration. This will be achieved through six workshops, combining a selection of presentations, discussion groups and field visits, each with a detailed report to be distributed to all participants, DEFRA and RDS. The workshops will be organised regionally in collaboration with local project officers. These six workshops form the basis of the contract with the preparation of a technical guideline the Restoration and management of blanket bogs and mires.
Objective
1. To generate discussion between researchers and advisors about specific aspects of the sympathetic management of upland heaths and blanket bogs.
2. To inform researchers and advisors about specific aspects of upland management.
3. To inform land managers and landowners about recommended management techniques to enhance and maintain these habitats, particularly in relation to current agri-environment schemes, UK Biodiversity Action Plan targets and the requirements of the 1979 Birds Directive and the 1992 Habitats Directive, including the UK legislation within the 1994 Habitats Regulations.
4. To identify new issues of concern, so they can be considered for future research/discussion as appropriate.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Changes in lowland grassland management: effects on invertebrates and birds.   (1610k)
• Final Report : Linking research to practitioners in agri-environmental schemes for upland heaths and blanket bogs   (96k)
• Executive Summary : Linking research to practitioners in agri-environmental schemes for upland heaths and blanket bogs   (26k)
• Final Report - Annex : Linking research to practitioners in agri-environmental schemes for upland heaths and blanket bogs   (55k)
• Final Report - Annex : Linking research to practitioners in agri-environmental schemes for upland heaths and blanket bogs   (119k)
• Final Report - Annex : Linking research to practitioners in agri-environmental schemes for upland heaths and blanket bogs   (129k)
• Final Report - Annex : Linking research to practitioners in agri-environmental schemes for upland heaths and blanket bogs   (311k)
• Final Report - Annex : Linking research to practitioners in agri-environmental schemes for upland heaths and blanket bogs   (858k)
• Final Report - Annex : Linking research to practitioners in agri-environmental schemes for upland heaths and blanket bogs   (1041k)
• Technical Report : Linking research to practitioners in agri-environmental schemes for upland heaths and blanket bogs   (267k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2002

To: 2004

Cost: £74,038
Contractor / Funded Organisations
ADAS UK Ltd.
Keywords
Agricultural Land              
Biodiversity              
Environmental Protection              
Land              
Peer Review              
Uplands              
Fields of Study
Environmental Stewardship