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Evaluating the Contribution from AES to the conservation of Coastal & Floodplain Grazing Marsh with reference to the potential to develop more dynamic Wetland Floodplains Mosaics - LM0498

Coastal and Floodplain Grazing Marsh (CFGM) comprises a landscape mosaic of different habitats which are characterised by periodical inundation and a combination of landscape and biological characteristics including meadows and ditches containing brackish or fresh water rich in plants and invertebrates. This Priority Habitat has a very wide definition and broad scope and currently includes arable and intensive pasture land which does not support high biodiversity value. Much CFGM is managed under Agri-Environment Schemes (AES), which are designed to reduce the negative impact of human activity on the farmed environment. Actions include managing water levels to retain one or more features of the pre-existing floodplain and supporting important species such as breeding waders. There is a need to begin to understand more about this group of habitats and how they can help support the development of Floodplain Wetland Mosaics (FWM), both those with naturally inundated land, and those where flooding is controlled. This project set out to identify those areas which are particularly significant because of their high biodiversity value.
To address these aims the project had three parts:

Task 1 was to identify and map those areas within the existing Priority Habitat Inventory (PHI) area which have higher biodiversity interest.
Task 2 was a desk-based activity that explored the role of agri-environment schemes in restoring, conserving and enhancing the biodiversity value of CFGM. This was based on a national analysis of the take up of agri-environment scheme options within the CFGM PHI area.
Task 3 represented five case studies which were selected to represent a range of CFGM habitats and management approaches. The intention was to identify what the barriers and enablers to the schemes are, as well as how a new scheme could be more effective.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : LM0498_AES_Conservation_CFGM_Final_Report   (8328k)
• TPS - Two Page Summary : LM0498_CFGM_TPS   (299k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2019

To: 2020

Cost: £77,460
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of Gloucester
Environmental Stewardship              
Livestock Farming              
Plants and Animals