This research aimed to gain insights into the effectiveness of the scheme by analysing participants’ perception on it. It focused on the strengths and areas for improvement of the scheme.
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An independent assessment of the support offered to farmers and the agricultural sector as part of the Farming Connect Service.
This report was commissioned by the Scottish Government for Winning Moves to conduct a piece of research to explore the quality, focus and effectiveness of the Farm Advisory Service (FAS).
The report explores applicants’ and experts’ experiences of applications and assessment procedures, and how the applicants' projects adhered to the objectives of the scheme and those of the Scottish Government.
The study focuses on how habitats have changed under Higher Level Stewardship Scheme (HLS) and whether changes are influenced by agreement or agreement holder characteristics. A total of 173 HLS agreements were resurveyed in 2015 and 2016 which were widely distributed across England and followed a baseline survey in 2009-2011. Additionally, 137 agreement holders were interviewed face-to-face using a semi-structured questionnaire.
This evaluation determines how effective the options are for increasing the plant diversity in grasslands with legumes and herbs. Plant and soil data was collected from 76 parcels on 54 holdings, coupled with face-to-face interviews.
This evaluation seeks to determine the impact of Agri-environment schemes on conserving the botanical interest of lowland wet grasslands. A total of 99 grassland sites under Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) were surveyed in 2012, including sites previously under Environmental Sensitive Areas (ESAs) and those newly under an agreement.
This study, based in North Wales, looked at the effect of wild bird seed mixture and seeded ryegrass options on seed abundance and the winter condition and abundance of bird species, specifically reed buntings and yellowhammers.
This report summarises a policy impact evaluation of Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF). Model assessments of environmental outcomes are validated through analysis of water quality monitoring data and underpinned by effective farmer engagement and advice delivery, achieved through a combination of CSF Officers, commissioned contractors, and partnerships with other organisations.
The Glastir Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (GMEP) provides a robust, comprehensive programme to establish a baseline against which future assessments of Glastir can be made. GMEP has used methods from past surveys so results can be evaluated within a longer-term perspective and national trends also reported. The use of models and farmer surveys provides early indicators of the likely direction, magnitude and timing of future outcomes and are presented here. The results indicate variable changes in farmer behaviour and modest benefits to those natural resources for which models are available. Opportunities to improve these outcomes include simplification of the woodland scheme, better targeting of other scheme offerings, and consistent support through time across all schemes to allow for lags in ecological responses.