Natural England's agri-environment pilots show mixed results

A test scheme aimed at boosting yellowhammer numbers in England has failed, but some successes have been achieved in reducing ammonia emissions, according to wildlife regulator Natural England.

Results from Natural England’s agri-environment scheme monitoring and evaluation programme, looking at the effectiveness of six agri-environmental land management schemes to see whether they improved outcomes for plants, birds, pollinators, soil and air quality, were published last week. 

The regulator assessed its pilot schemes at the field, farm, regional and national scales by using field surveys, agreement monitoring, modelling and reviewing previously published research. 

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