This booklet highlights some of the concerns that have been raised about how the loss of set-aside has affected the wildlife of arable farmland.
In 2008 the compulsory set-aside scheme was abandoned, the impacts of which have had a considerable impact on biodiversity. It’s been suggested that the area of land lost supported at least 500,000 bumble bee nests
We explore options to enhance arable biodiversity, some of which may attract funding. Adjustments to farm management practices are also discussed.
Case studies show how farms in eastern Scotland have successfully merged management for wildlife conservation with commercial arable production.