How Agricultural Landowners can help

If you are new to agriculture, or are worried that your land is not as suitable as it once may have for hedgehogs and other wildlife a variety of beneficial management actions can be put in place, and following particular actions could mean that you are granted money for the care of our wildlife. Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship schemes are run by Rural Payment Affairs, DEFRA Natural England and may provide biannual income for farmers following their wildlife management guidance. For more information follow the links below to the government’s Countryside Stewardship Scheme and Environmental Stewardship Scheme:

Countryside Stewardship Scheme: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/countryside-stewardship-get-paid-for-environmental-land-management

Environmental Stewardship Scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/environmental-stewardship

PTES and British Hedgehog Society have also put together some guidance to help farmers farm sustainably for hedgehogs: https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Farmers-leaflet.pdf