Mapping the future of conservation areas

A series of colour-coded maps have been launched by Natural England aimed at guiding farmers with conservation measures.

The maps highlight different areas that require a variety of conversation measures such as farmland birds, wildlife, or cleaner water and healthier soil.

Jim Smyllie, Natural England executive director, said: “These maps are a simple but effective way of showing what options will have the biggest conservation impact on any particular areas of the country.”

The maps are available on Natural England’s website and form part of an online package that farmers can use when discussing the Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) options for both their farms and the local environment.

Accompanying every map is a list of priority options designed to support each conservation theme, such as extended overwintered stubbles, wild bird seed mixture or nectar mixture.