Check here for links to useful information regarding environmental land management, funding and legislation, and organisations working in the Calder catchment and surrounding areas.

Sustainable Farming Incentive Pilot

DEFRA’s Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot will begin in October 2021. The deadline for expressions of interest is 11 April, and farmers will be selected anonymously and at random for an invitation to take part. A key part of the pilot will be giving feedback to DEFRA on how the scheme works.

Countryside Stewardship

Countryside Stewardship Schemes will remain open for applications in 2022, 2023 and 2024. It will be possible for farmers to transfer from their existing Countryside Stewardship agreement to the new Environmental Land Management Agreements without penalty when the Scheme rolls out in 2024.

Carbon

Carbon capture is an important topic for farmers. Not only will increasing carbon capture on farms attract future funding, but it also has the potential to increase agricultural productivity.

The Farm Carbon Toolkit

https://farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk/

 

Agrecalc carbon footprint calculating tool

agrecalc.com

 

Cool Farm Tool online greenhouse gas, water and biodiversity calculator

coolfarmtool.org

 

Farmers Weekly carbon calculator comparison article

https://www.fwi.co.uk/news/environment/how-do-three-main-farm-carbon-calculators-compare

 

AHDB Carbon Week Webinar Recordings

Understanding Low Carbon Farming

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEML_rtNOQ8

 

Understanding fertilisers, carbon emissions, and what you can do about them

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNUW66BIj8o&t=50s

 

Carbon Footprinting – Save the planet and make money

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac-hiKZMoFA&t=4s

 

The Ins and Outs of Carbon in the Soil – Measurement and management

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk8rVcmHJ5M&t=1s

 

Supply Chains Requirements – Building a narrative

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk8rVcmHJ5M&t=1s

Water Quality and Pollution Prevention

Diffuse pollution can have major impacts on ecosystems, habitats and communities downstream.

Woodland Creation and Management

Woodlands offer a land management solution with the potential to store large amounts of carbon, to provide habitats for a range of wildlife and plant life, and to attract future funding for farmers under environmental schemes.

Countryside Stewardship: Woodland Creation and Maintenance Grant

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/woodland-creation-grant-countryside-stewardship

 

Treesponsibility

http://www.treesponsibility.com/

 

How Trees Benefit Farms: Tim Downes, Shropshire for the Woodlands Trust

Link to Video

Soil Health

Learning more about your soils can help you to make more informed land management decisions.

The Good Soil Guide

https://soilguide.co.uk/

 

Sustainable Landscapes

sustainablelandscapes.uk.com

Grassland Management for Equestrian Property

Grazing horses can cause damage to grassland, causing poaching of the soils, soil compaction, run-off and loss of biodiversity. By carefully managing equine grazing we can reduce these problems and contribute to a better countryside for everyone.

Natural Flood Management and Horses

http://www.sussexflowinitiative.org/blog/natural-flood-management-and-horses

 

Managing Grasslands for Horses – The Wildlife Trusts

http://www.magnificentmeadows.org.uk/assets/pdfs/Grasslands_HandPO_FINAL_MR.pdf

 

Grass and Pasture Management for Horses – British Horse Society

BHS Pasture Managment 2019

 

Alternative Grazing Systems in the UK – University of Liverpool and the British Horse Society

Alternative Grazing Systems in the UK