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Attitudes of farmers and land managers towards features of landscape and historic interest - BD1702

This study will link an in-depth analysis of the motivation of farmers and land managers to maintain and enhance features of landscape and historic interest, with site assessments of management quality. Using telephone interviews and site visits, attitudes of 100 farmers and land managers (of which at least 75 will be in either ESA or CS schemes) to various aspects of historic and landscape features will be assessed including: ways in which farmers and landowners are motivated or deterred in maintaining or enhancing landscape and historic features; factors encouraging farmers and landowners to develop a sense of place; knowledge of landscape history; factors influencing the joining of CS or ESA schemes; views of farmers and land managers within agri-environment schemes towards scheme aims and objectives, and the means of achieving those aims and objectives; motivating factors of farmers and land managers towards undertaking work set out in their agreements, including financial, practical, ethical, cultural and environmental aspects; quality and usefulness of ESA and CS scheme publicity materials as well as educational and practical information; data required by farmers and landowners to implement schemes in an effective manner; identification of individuals responsible for management of the sites of historic and landscape interest; practical problems encountered in implementing scheme measures; factors that should be considered when setting payment levels; extent to which payment should vary according to the type of scheme and the specific feature being managed; practical potential of profiles and other information available for Countryside Commission/English Nature Joint Character Areas for landscape management; use of Joint Character Area data by ESA and CS scheme managers, farmers and land managers to promote and operate the schemes; and current management of key features of landscape and historic interest on the survey farms. Information on motivations and practice on the ground will allow enhancement of current ESA and CS schemes through clearer scheme targeting and information provision, and will also allow more effective use of financial resources.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1999

To: 2000

Cost: £49,758
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Nottingham
Fields of Study
Environmental Stewardship