Beyond the fact that the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) will be phased out and farmers will be rewarded for delivering public goods, the details on how the UK’s future agricultural policy will actually operate are thin on the ground. This uncertainty is, understandably, causing concern in both the farming and conservation communities. With over 70% of the UK’s land area being devoted to agriculture, it is impossible to divorce farming from biodiversity conservation. However you voted, Brexit provides an opportunity to update our land-management policies and adapt them to better mitigate climate change and ecological collapse. Agri-environment schemes (AES) under…

FarmWheeler

Farmer and biodiversity conservation grad

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