|Agriculture account for 77% of land use in the UK|
The hedgerows, ponds and meadows that can benefit reptiles and amphibians are exactly the frontline benefits that are now under serious threat, and wildlife needs the support of the public now more than ever before. Although welcome proposals in the Government’s recent Environment White Paper detail plans for a series of ‘Nature Improvement Areas’, specifically through farmland improvements, the fact remains that without sufficient funding to support delivery, the proposals become little more than words on paper. It should be noted however that cuts may have been significantly deeper were they not opposed by the campaigning efforts of Birdlife International and the RSPB.
Nonetheless, in the fight for wildlife conservation it simply is not enough to say that it could have been worse, when in truth it could have been much, much better. The conservation of our native wildlife now relies on the delivery of available funds in the most effective ways possible, and in farmers taking innovative steps to be part of conservation efforts.
• You can find out more about helping amphibians through pond creation on farmland in Froglife’s advice booklet here
• You can find out more about Agri-Environment schemes in your area via the following links:
- Northern Ireland
- Republic of Ireland
• Advice on reptile-friendly farming tips is available here
• Birdlife International’s report on CAP reform is available here
You can support our work conserving reptiles and amphibians and reptiles for as little as £1.50 a month. Sign up as a Froglife Friend and help save species and habitats here.