Environmental Stewardship Audits

Environmental Stewardship

For the many agreement holders in CSS, ELS, OELS and HLS, there are still plenty of services offered by Oakbank to help you deliver your agreement over the coming years:

An annual ‘health check’ on your agreement – an annual visit to check prescriptions are being adhered to and to make sure the options are working for you. Advice on any problem areas.

A complete agreement audit – an ‘inspection’ of your agreement, measuring lengths, widths and areas with hand-held GPS and checking management of the habitat options is in accordance with the prescriptions. As detailed as an RPA inspection but without any fines!

A complete management package for new agreements – a quarterly visit during the first two years of the agreement to include GPS marking out of areas, ensuring all habitats are correct by end of year 2. Annual visit thereafter with the option to include a GPS audit as an add-on.

Amendments to your agreement - we can advise on any changes required, including those with respect to Ecological Focus Area requirements for the Basic Payment Scheme.

Management Plans and Ecological Surveys – surveys and plans to aid habitat management across archaeological sites, heathlands, within scrub and woodland areas, including Felling License applications.

Below is our recent testimonial

'Being halfway through a 10 year scheme we decided to call in Oakbank to give us a healthcheck. Matt conducted a thorough check of all the options in our HLS agreement and produced a working map, alongside a clear and concise report, highlighting the areas that needed attention. They are both very useful tools when planning work schedules for the next year and beyond.' Julian Kennard, Forde Abbey

For more information regarding this service please contact Matt England on 07540 184927 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.