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Review of the benefits of AES for farm wildlife - LM0482

This mini-tender consist of two modules of work: Module 1 is concerned with undertaking a quantitative review of the studies based in North West Europe that have investigated the benefits (or otherwise) of agri-environment scheme (AES) provision to farmland biodiversity. Module 2 will attempt to predict the extent of AES provision needed to reverse population declines of farmland birds in England.
Module 1:
1. To quantitatively evaluate the extent to which AES provision in temperate North West Europe has enhanced farmland wildlife at the option and farm (agreement) scales.
2. Determine whether the success rate of AES interventions targeted at wildlife differ between taxonomic groups, landscape types, option types, schemes and over time.

Module 2:
1. To predict how much AES-type provision is needed in English landscapes in order to halt and reverse population declines of priority farmland birds. This will be quantified in terms of the proportion of key target populations that need to be subject to AES-type management and the quantities of generic option types that need to be provided on an England-scale.
2. To explore what landscape factors might explain differences in AES delivery for priority farmland birds between different English regions.
3. By utilising the above and information on the distribution of target species (using the 2007-11 Bird Atlas and/or extrapolated BBS data, as appropriate), explore ways that will provide an indication of the most appropriate landscape areas (eg National Character Areas) in England in which to target future AES-type interventions in order to maximise effectiveness/outcomes.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2018

To: 2019

Cost: £79,799
Contractor / Funded Organisations
British Trust For Ornithology (BTO)
Environmental Stewardship