High Nature Value Farming:
lessons from home and abroad
Gwyn Jones
European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism
g...
Examples of where we can learn from others:
• Need to identify all relevant land, so can target
payments
• Need to link in...
HNV farmland is about more than designated sites and
priority habitats
Farmland

Semi-natural
farmland and
features
Annex ...
Natural England draft map of HNV farmland - based on
inventories of priority semi-natural habitats + suites of
farmland sp...
Need to capture wider matrix to get both
ecological and agricultural context

BAP priority habitats inventory
• Natural England did local HNV mapping using aerial photos to
capture the wider ‘landscape matrix’, building on inventori...
Devon project draft (seminatural) HNV map

BAP Priority
Habitats map
Extent of HNV farmland and % designated

Total
HNVF as % % HNVF
% HNVF
extent of study
covered by covered by
of study area...
HNVF in agri-environment schemes
% of all land
in AES
(current and
classic
schemes)

% of HNV
farmland in
AES (current
and...
National semi-natural grassland inventories
Habitat Inventory of Wales – lowland example
Habitat Inventory of Wales – lowland example
LPIS-IACS is probably the key to effective targeting,
protection and monitoring of HNV farmland

Bulgarian
example
HNV farming identification and monitoring in Navarra

Identification from
inventories/ remote
sensing

On-farm monitoring ...
Scotland is making a serious effort….

Type 1: attempts at
• Good Farmland with a
high proportioninteresting
identificatio...
2004-09

2010-13

Art. 68

www.Irishviews.com
This is a PILLAR 1
scheme!!!
….designed by and
embraced by FARMERS!

www.Irishviews.com
Messages
• HNV farmland is more than designated sites, but provides the
context for many of them…
– Scheme targeting needs...
Thank you!
www.efncp.org
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HNV farming - Lessons from home and abroad – Gwyn Jones - EFNCP

  1. 1. High Nature Value Farming: lessons from home and abroad Gwyn Jones European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism gwyn@efncp.org
  2. 2. Examples of where we can learn from others: • Need to identify all relevant land, so can target payments • Need to link inventories to IACS/LPIS • Workable monitoring system • Local project-based approach with output-linked payments, integrated in CAP
  3. 3. HNV farmland is about more than designated sites and priority habitats Farmland Semi-natural farmland and features Annex 1 farmland habitats Natura 2000
  4. 4. Natural England draft map of HNV farmland - based on inventories of priority semi-natural habitats + suites of farmland species.
  5. 5. Need to capture wider matrix to get both ecological and agricultural context BAP priority habitats inventory
  6. 6. • Natural England did local HNV mapping using aerial photos to capture the wider ‘landscape matrix’, building on inventoried habitats and County Wildlife Sites. • Field survey in Culm parishes showed the technique is robust.
  7. 7. Devon project draft (seminatural) HNV map BAP Priority Habitats map
  8. 8. Extent of HNV farmland and % designated Total HNVF as % % HNVF % HNVF extent of study covered by covered by of study area SAC SSSI area ha % HNVF covered by County Sites Blackdown 36,860 Hills Culm 40,628 11 0.1 10 47 16 8.5 11 17 South Devon 20 4 10 47 33,700
  9. 9. HNVF in agri-environment schemes % of all land in AES (current and classic schemes) % of HNV farmland in AES (current and classic schemes) % HNV farmland in current Higher Level Scheme Blackdown Hills 47.2 46 11.5 13 Culm 67.5 61 18 17 66 70 19 26 South Devon % of HNV farmland in “classic” schemes
  10. 10. National semi-natural grassland inventories
  11. 11. Habitat Inventory of Wales – lowland example
  12. 12. Habitat Inventory of Wales – lowland example
  13. 13. LPIS-IACS is probably the key to effective targeting, protection and monitoring of HNV farmland Bulgarian example
  14. 14. HNV farming identification and monitoring in Navarra Identification from inventories/ remote sensing On-farm monitoring of features most sensitive to change
  15. 15. Scotland is making a serious effort…. Type 1: attempts at • Good Farmland with a high proportioninteresting identification; of semi-natural vegetation approach to monitoring • English work stopped? •LCM 2000 work?? Welsh classification Combined with UAA • Nothing in N. Ireland?
  16. 16. 2004-09 2010-13 Art. 68 www.Irishviews.com
  17. 17. This is a PILLAR 1 scheme!!! ….designed by and embraced by FARMERS! www.Irishviews.com
  18. 18. Messages • HNV farmland is more than designated sites, but provides the context for many of them… – Scheme targeting needs to be more ecologically-meaningful in some areas • Need to take HNV farmland identification more seriously – Inventories of semi-natural pastures and meadows are key, but Countryside Survey is a big step down that road • Need to take HNV farmland monitoring more seriously – but Countryside Survey approach has inspired others already! • To make things work efficiently, need to link to IACS/LPIS – some of the EU’s poorest countries are doing it! • Local projects can be innovative, build trust, enable real collaboration, be output-linked
  19. 19. Thank you! www.efncp.org

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