Special Environmental Sites and Schemes

23. Additional Information

English Nature operate the Wildlife Enhancement Scheme (WES) which seeks to combine their knowledge of wildlife management with the farmers knowledge of agricultural practices. The Scheme offers grants to support farming practices which benefit wildlife. two kinds of payments are available, one to support annual expenditure and the other is for one-off capital expenditure.

In addition to national schemes some local authorities and National Parks operate schemes specific to their areas.

Conservation advice is available to all farmers in England. A free farm visit will be made by a conservation adviser from ADAS or the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) on request. Advice will include initial information on possible sources of grant aid. DEFRA funds the ADAS visits and will contribute towards the cost of FWAG visits.

Some local authorities and National Parks operate conservation grant schemes specific to their particular areas. Details can be obtained directly from the relevant authorities and Parks.

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