Landscape and Farming

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Inspired by the Lawton Report the aim of the Farm and Landowners Group is to help create bigger, better, and more joined up wildlife sites in our patch of Sussex.

This means:

  • Protecting what we have while improving its quality with better management;
  • Increasing the size of wildlife sites;
  • Enhancing connection by creating new wildlife corridors or stepping stones;
  • Creating new sites;
  • Reducing pressure on wildlife by improving the wider environment including through buffering wildlife sites.

To help achieve this we are talking to local landowners and farmers, many of whom have already adopted or are making plans to adopt regenerative farming techniques which will support biodiversity. These conversations are helping identify ways we, as neighbours, can support these important steps.

Why Land?

Globally farms could be a carbon sink absorbing 3 gigatons od Co2 by 2050.Locally many are moving to restoration farming which will see more carbon sequestered in the soil and less diesel used for ploughing and spraying.

Farmers also face criticism over greenhouse gas emissions from the meat and dairy industry, with calls for a move to a more plant-based diet. Agriculture is currently responsible for about 9% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from methane.

As consumers we have a role to play in purchasing food that is well grown, locally or within the UK, in supporting farms who ‘improve the resources they use rather than destroying or depleting them’ (Rodale Institute) and asking questions of retailers big and small about the products they are selling to encourage the changes we need.

Wanted! All landowners, great and small.

Are you a landowner large or small?

Do you have hedgerows on your land?

Do you ike the idea of doing your bit for wildlife and improving your hedgerows to create wildlife corridors for creatures like bats and owls?

The Nature Map Group welcome the chance to survey local hedgerows with a view to increasing the biodiversity around our area. We can survey your hedges and advise you on how to manage them for wildlife and we work closely with Steyning for Trees who are able to supply hedging plants and the labour involved for infilling existing hedgerows or planting new hedges.