HNV farming - Lessons from home and abroad – Gwyn Jones - EFNCP
High Nature Value Farming:
lessons from home and abroad
European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism
Examples of where we can learn from others:
• Need to identify all relevant land, so can target
• Need to link inventories to IACS/LPIS
• Workable monitoring system
• Local project-based approach with output-linked
payments, integrated in CAP
HNV farmland is about more than designated sites and
Natural England draft map of HNV farmland - based on
inventories of priority semi-natural habitats + suites of
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 inventoried
habitats and County Wildlife Sites.
• Field survey in Culm parishes showed the technique is robust.
Extent of HNV farmland and % designated
HNVF as % % HNVF
extent of study
covered by covered by
of study area
HNVF in agri-environment schemes
% of all land
% of HNV
% of HNV
LPIS-IACS is probably the key to effective targeting,
protection and monitoring of HNV farmland
HNV farming identification and monitoring in Navarra
On-farm monitoring of features
most sensitive to change
Scotland is making a serious effort….
Type 1: attempts at
• Good Farmland with a
approach to monitoring
• English work stopped?
•LCM 2000 work??
Combined with UAA
• Nothing in N. Ireland?
This is a PILLAR 1
….designed by and
embraced by FARMERS!
• 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
• 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