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Economic Evaluation of the Arable Stewardship Pilot Scheme - ER02040

Changes in arable farming over the last few decades have led to a loss of wildlife habitats, contributing to the decline in the populations of a number of species of birds, insects, mammals and plants. MAFF wants to help farmers recreate and enhance wildlife habitats in arable areas and the Arable Stewardship Scheme is a three year pilot intended to test whether certain arable farming methods can help to do this. The Scheme is being run in two areas, East Anglia and the West Midlands, as part of Countryside Stewardship, a MAFF grant scheme offering payments to farmers for conservation of the English countryside. The Arable Stewardship Scheme offers payments to arable farmers to manage their land in ways which will encourage wildlife while recognising the practicalities of commercial arable farming. A separate ecological evaluation, which started in summer 1998 and will run until spring 2001, is assessing the effectiveness of Arable Stewardship options on the maintenance and enhancement of wildlife. Information from the research will be used to inform the overall assessment of the pilot scheme in 2000/2001. A separate report by the scheme Project Officers about their experiences in running the scheme will also inform the overall assessment.
Project Documents
• Executive Summary : Economic Evaluation of the Arable Stewardship Pilot Scheme   (135k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2000

To: 2001

Cost: £36,767
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of Gloucestershire
Arable Farming              
Arable Stewardship Scheme              
Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS)              
Economic Policy Evaluation