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Trialling a Condition Assessment Methodology for Coastal and Floodplain Grazing Marsh - MA01021

A major aim of agri-environment schemes is to bring about changes to habitat management that benefit wildlife. Wet grassland areas are of significant value to waterfowl and wading birds and have been identified as a priority habitat under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. Despite many wet grassland areas having been targeted through the ESA and Countryside Stewardship Schemes, there is not currently an accepted method of rapid assessment of the value of these areas to breeding waders.

The objective is to test a methodology developed by RSPB for assessing the condition of coastal and floodplain grazing marsh, on a range of wet grassland sites being managed under the ESA and Countryside Stewardship Schemes.

RSPB will produce a report detailing the effectiveness of the condition assessment methodology and the condition of the agreements visited.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : MA01021 Assessment of habitat condition of coastal and floodplain grazing marsh within agri-environmental schemes_Final report   (823k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2004

To: 2005

Cost: £15,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Royal Society for Protection of Birds
Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS)              
Environmental monitoring              
Environmental Protection              
Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA)              
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Agriculture