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Cereal Field Margins: Enhancement of plant and invertebrate diversity through management & targeting of ELMS (old BD1103 - BD1614

Description
The main aim of this project is to provide information on the effects of agricultural practices and site factors on the biological diversity of cereal field margins, by means of rigorous field sampling and experimentation.

The study will be composed of 3 specific objectives outlined as follows, together with ways in which they might be achieved: 1. Assessment of the effectiveness of current Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMS) and other management options in conserving and enhancing biological diversity within cereal field margins. Plant communities present on cereal field margins will be surveyed at a selection of sites chosen randomly to cover locations in the UK and northern Europe. These locations are managed under the 2 ELMS that contain provision for management of cereal field margins (i.e. Environmentally Sensitive Areas and the Countryside Stewardship Scheme) and will be compared with field margins under long-term set-aside or those that are managed voluntarily. A subset of sites will be selected and plant and invertebrate biodiversity will be monitored intensively to provide information on development of diversity in relation to management; 2. Investigation of possible modifications to management guidelines of cereal field margins in ELMS. Both a survey of field advisors (including appraisal of existing management options and suggestions for new management options) and a review of current literature detailing success of cereal field margin options will be employed; and 3. Identification of environmental and historical factors important in predisposing a particular cereal field margin to enhanced biodiversity, by multivariate analysis of data collected from the UK and northern European plant communities described above. Results of this project will be used to assess the effectiveness of current management options for cereal field margins in ELMS (e.g. Environmentally Sensitive Areas and the Countryside Stewardship Scheme), identify, develop and appraise potential new management guidelines for ELMS, and determine site indicators to allow targeting of ELMS on cereal field margins likely to produce the maximum gains in biological diversity.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Cereal Field Margins: Enhancement of plant and invertebrate diversity through management & targeting of ELMS   (626k)
• Final Report - Annex : Cereal Field Margins: Enhancement of plant and invertebrate diversity through management & targeting of ELMS   (70k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1997

To: 2001

Cost: £219,787
Contractor / Funded Organisations
International Institute of Entomology
Keywords
Agricultural Land              
Biodiversity              
Environmental Protection              
Land              
Fields of Study
Environmental Stewardship