Special Environmental Sites and Schemes

1. Introduction

Agricultural intensification has lead to a loss of biodiversity and scenic landscapes, water pollution (for example by nitrates), reduced countryside access, and increased pressure on our most important wildlife areas. The protection and management of most sites depends on individual landowners and occupiers and there are now a variety of schemes and instruments in place which attempt to redress the balance. They operate at multiple levels from encouraging traditional farming practices and protecting landscapes to specifying management regimes that will reduce water pollution.

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