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Review and Recommendation of Methodologies for Botanical Monitoring of Agri-environment Schemes - MA01003

Description

Since the introduction of the first Agri-environment (AE) schemes in England in 1987, DEFRA (formerly MAFF) has been committed to monitoring their performance in relation to the scheme objectives. Environmental monitoring programmes, most of which include a major botanical element, have been established in all English AE schemes. However, since 1987, UK policies for biodiversity and rural development have evolved, and there is now a requirement for DEFRA to report on the mperformance of AE schemes within a wider policy context.

The aim of this project is to make recommendations for the future botanical monitoring programme of AE schemes, scheduled to run from 2003 onwards. The project aims specifically to optimise the use of existing botanical samples and time series data, whilst also taking account of recent developments in botanical monitoring methods. This includes the emergence of Rapid Condition Assessment (RCA) as a means of allocating individual sites or features to a predetermined set of condition categories, using standardised procedures.




















Project Documents
• Final Report : Final report-Chapter 1 Introduction   (10k)
• Final Report : Final report-Chapter 2 Review and evaluation of current monitoring methodologies   (209k)
• Final Report : Final report-Chapter 3 data classification and power analysis   (173k)
• Final Report : Final report-Chapter 4 Recommendations for future monitoring   (323k)
• Final Report : Final report-contents page   (39k)
• Executive Summary : Final report-summary   (28k)
• Final Report - Annex : Final report-Appendix 1 data tables   (67k)
• Final Report - Annex : Final report-Appendix 2 Policy background   (17k)
• Final Report - Annex : Final report-Appendix 3 Workshop report   (43k)
• Final Report - Annex : Final report-Bibliography   (49k)
• Final Report - Annex : Final report-Table 2.1 Review of methods used in English A-E Schemes   (54k)
• Final Report - Annex : Final report-Table 3.1 Review of methods used in other UK countries   (34k)
• Final Report - Annex : Final report-Table 5.1 Review of indicators used to detect and interpret change in English A-E Schemes   (54k)
• Final Report - Annex : Final report-Table 6.1 Review of indicators used to detect and interpret change in other UK countries   (39k)
• Final Report - Annex : Final report-Table 7.1 Review of research to detect and measure change   (55k)
• Final Report - Annex : Final report-Table 8.1 Review and evaluation of potential control data   (76k)
• Final Report - Annex : Final report-Table 9.1 Review of condition assessment   (43k)
• Final Report - Annex : Table 4.1 Review of research on monitoring methods   (40k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2002

Cost: £39,111
Contractor / Funded Organisations
ADAS UK Ltd.
Keywords
Agri-Environment              
Environmental monitoring              
Environmental Protection              
Grassland              
Grasslands              
Habitats              
Heathland              
Land              
Uplands              
Wetlands              
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Agriculture