Farmers do a lot for Britain’s rural environment, but there is only so much that an individual, acting in isolation, can do on his or her own farm. By working together, helped by a Conservation Advisor, farmers and land managers can work more cohesively together in their locality, enabling them to collectively deliver greater benefits for soil, water and wildlife at a landscape scale.

There are lots of examples of this type of approach to landscape scale conservation. Farmer clusters are designed to start life at the farmer level, under the guidance of a lead farmer and a trusted conservation advisor. The work is often supplemented by existing agri-environment schemes. Several projects have been set up with private sources of funding whereas the majority have applied for the Natural England Facilitation Fund.

The GWCT had seen success in involving farmers nationwide in conservation through the Partridge Count Scheme, helping to start up the farmer-led Marlborough Downs Nature Improvement Area (NIA), and setting up the first group of ‘farmer clusters’ with Natural England so were aware of the potential of bringing farmers together to deliver conservation on a landscape scale.

Many organisations are involved with landscape scale conservation projects and have had great success helping farmers and land managers to work together to deliver more for wildlife and the environment than one individual could achieve alone.

The aim of this website is to provide a resource for farmers, facilitators, advisors and indeed anyone interested in landscape scale conservation projects to find out more and to come together via the forum to ask questions and share knowledge. Please take a look and let us know what you think!

Farmer Cluster Locations

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Blue: established 2017
Yellow: established 2016
Red: established 2015
Green: Northern Flood Management Groups