There are a number of grant
schemes available for nature conservation both from the
Government, NGO's and the private sector.
The nature and scope of available grants
is constantly changing. If you would like to know if
one of your planned activities could be grant funded,
please contact us and we will undertake a search of currently
The nature and scope of available grants is constantly changing.
If you would like to know if one of your planned activities could be grant funded, please contact us and we will
undertake a search of currently available grants.
We will automatically review available grants before undertaking
any work for our clients in order that our service is as cost
efficient as possible.
The following grants are currently available for landowners
and are unlikely to significantly change in the next 18 months
(as at 1st Jan 2007):-
The Entry Level Stewardship
This is open to any landowner with the aim of delivering simple
yet effective environmental management. This scheme was launched
in January 2005. Entry Level Stewardship aims to address the
Diffuse pollution - issues such as soil erosion and nutrient
leaching can be tackled more effectively by encouraging environmental
management measures over a wide area of agricultural land.
Loss of biodiversity - tackling declines in dispersed wildlife
species such as farmland birds, brown hares, bats and many
common invertebrates (e.g. butterflies, bees) needs suitable
management across a wide area. Small patches of habitat lose
some of their value if they are isolated from other similar
areas, and areas of important wildlife habitat are directly
influenced by what happens on surrounding land.
Loss of landscape character - a broad approach is necessary
to consistently influence what happens across large tracts
of the countryside, to avoid the fragmentation of traditional
landscape patterns. The maintenance of traditional field boundaries
is particularly important.
Damage to the historic environment - safeguarding historic
features, such as archaeological sites and ridge and furrow
grassland which are at risk of plough damage, also requires
a consistent action over a wide area. Conservation of the historic
environment is very important, as the features, once lost,
- Acceptance is guaranteed provided the scheme requirements
- There will be a flat rate payment across the whole
- Over 50 management options to choose from covering
all farming types.
- Farmers choose options to reach a ‘points
to the farm size.
- There will be quarterly start dates
for agreements (1 February, 1 May, 1 August, 1 November).
- Agreements will last 5 years, and payment rates will be
fixed for the term of the agreement.
- No grant will be given
for capital works (these will be available under HLS).
With the recent introduction of the Single Farm Payment
in 2005 it is expected that up to 85%
will enter into
the Entry Level Environmental Stewardship
Scheme run by DEFRA.
Higher Level Stewardship
This is based on the old Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS)
and Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs) and was launched
across England in March 2005.
The five main objectives for the Higher Level Stewardship
* Wildlife conservation
* Protection of the historic environment
* Maintenance and enhancement of landscape quality and character
* Promote public access and understanding
* Resource protection
The two secondary objectives are:
* Flood Management
* Genetic Conservation
Higher Level Stewardship will concentrate on the more complex
types of management needed to achieve these objectives, where
land managers need advice and support, where agreements need
to be tailored to local circumstances and where management
needs to be targeted carefully. A Farm Environment Plan is
required as a prerequisite of an application.
It is expected that experienced consultants (such as ourselves)
will be requested to do most of the FEP plans as specialist
knowledge is required. DEFRA will pay consultants fees for
a Farm Environment Plan. The amount of payment relates to the
size of the holding.
Contact us for a competitive quote, and a friendly bespoke
service which will be of the highest quality and in the strictest
English Woodland Grant Scheme
The first phase of the new English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS)
will be open for business from 18 July 2005 with the second
phase planned for the autumn. EWGS is part of the DEFRA family
of environmental support. The Forestry Commission operates
the scheme under the England Rural Development Programme (ERDP).
The purpose of the scheme is to develop the coordinated delivery
of public benefits from England’s woodlands. The grant
scheme has a regional basis and regional funding.
The objectives of EWGS are:
- to sustain and increase the public benefits derived from
existing woodlands in England
- to invest in the creation of
new woodlands in England of a
size, type and location that most effectively deliver
These grants are specifically targeted with new planting
and conversion from coniferous to deciduous woodland
particularly where this also leads to greater public
access. Acceptance is discretionary and applications
being scored on
a points basis are also competitive.