December Stewardship & Woodland News
ELS DECEMBER – Hedge and ditch bank cutting continues as does ditch cleaning.
Supplementary feeding for farmland birds (EF23/HF24 & AB12) – a reminder that the feeding period for AB12 starts on 1st December and EF23 on 1st January (HF24 can be either) so make sure you have your food ready to go. Remember you can use your own wheat and oilseed rape but that at least 25% of the overall mix needs to be small seeds such as millets and canary seed. You MUST NOT use tailings/screenings. Please contact the office to discuss different mix options and prices.
Skylark Plots (EF8 & AB4) – make sure they are sprayed out of winter cereal crops by 31st Dec. Each plot must be at least 3m wide and a minimum area of 16m².
To extend HLS or not If you have an HLS scheme due to expire in 2020 you should have been given the option to rollover for a further 12 months. If you have yet to decide then please read our briefing note which may help point you in the right direction. Click Here - EXTEND HLS OR NOT?
Pre-winter stewardship check list:
Take photos of wild bird seed mix (winter bird food) plots, overwinter stubble fields and winter cover crops as evidence, should you have an inspection or be required to submit evidence with your annual claim.
Clear out gutters and check traditional farm buildings are weatherproof. Take photos of any work being done on your traditional farm buildings and ensure you log it in your plan.
Check new hedges to see if any failed whips need replacing.
Hedging and trees – a reminder that we supply top quality hedging plants, trees and shrubs along with all the accessories (spirals, canes, tree guards etc). Please contact us for a quote.
Trees and Woodland
Climate crisis and the nation's forests– an interesting blog by Mike Seddon the new CE of Forestry Commission England. See his blog here.
Managing England’s woodlands in a climate emergency- New climate change management guidance has been published by the Forestry Commission, which provides practical advice to landowners on ways they can better manage their woodland to combat the effects of climate change. See – New guide here.
Illegal Felling Clamp Down- The Government’s Environment Bill, introduced into Parliament earlier this month, is a major piece of legislation to tackle the environmental and climate crisis we are facing and combating illegal felling is high on the agenda. See the new blog here.
Be Tick aware!
Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed the presence of the tick-borne Encephalitis virus in parts of the UK – in Thetford Forest and on the Hants/Dorset border. PHE says the risk to humans is “very low”, but it is investigating how common the infected ticks might be, see article in the Evening Standard.