Defra - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Science Search

Science and Research Projects

Return to Science Search homepage   Return to Project List

Landscape-scale species monitoring - LM0465

The project will establish a baseline against which the effectiveness of agri-environment scheme objectives for mobile taxa can be assessed at the landscape scale. This work aims to provide evidence of population distribution and abundance responses for a number of policy-relevant species. It will underpin further work to evaluate the environmental impact of schemes at a National Character Area (NCA) and national level by inputting into modelling at these larger spatial scales.

The contract will address the question of whether the abundance of key mobile taxa within local sampling units is affected by Agri-environment scheme (AES) interventions at local and landscape scales. It will build on the methodologies developed in the previous project LM0457 "A study to develop the scope for monitoring landscape-scale biodiversity impacts of agri-environment schemes in England".
The objective of this project is to establish and implement a robust monitoring programme in which option- and agreement-scale information can be linked to ecological impacts at a landscape-scale, and extrapolated to both NCA and national levels.

As mobile organisms utilise resources at a landscape scale, either within or between generations, the relationship between local and landscape AES uptake and delivery may be significant for their survival, reproductive success and population growth. Therefore, the project will test the effect of AES interventions both at local and landscape scales on the abundance of key species.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2017

To: 2020

Cost: £821,644
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Centre For Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)
Environmental Stewardship              
Natural Environment