Ref: CSFF090001

Lead: AJ Paul,

Group members: 21

Length of agreement: 5

Area of group (Hectares): 8945


To help restore/maintain the Sandlings SPA, the Alde and Deben Estuary SPA, Ramsar and SSSI sites and Special Areas of Conservation, the group will:

Maintain, where necessary restore, and where possible enlarge the following priority habitats below:

  • Lowland heathland & dry acid grassland, Lowland meadows, Coastal & floodplain grazing marsh, Saltmarsh, Vegetated shingle, Saline lagoons, Reedbeds and lowland fen, Riparian habitats, Traditional orchards, Ancient and native woodland, Arable field margins

Provide/improve habitat for the following species assemblages found within the area:

  • Arable – Lapwing, Corn Bunting, Stone Curlew, Turtle Dove, Heathland – Dartford Warble, Woodlark, Nightjar, Woodland – Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, Tree pipit, Lesser Redpoll, Breeding Waders – Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Oystercatcher, Redshank. Heathland specialists -Adder, Silver-studded blue butterfly, Ant-lion

To provide a wild pollinator and farm wildlife package, the group will:

  • Enhance arable habitat by establishing: Corridors of nectar flower plots and targeted wild bird food plots.
  • Fallow plots for breeding lapwing, stone curlew/rare arable plants.
  • Upgrade grassy field corners/ margins into flower rich areas.
  • Restore hedgerows

Manage grassland to increase biodiversity

To improve water quality and reduce soil erosion, the group will endeavour to:

  • Control the source/ movement of pollutants (nutrient, sediment and pesticides)
  • Surface water and sediments, with particular reference to the control of faecal bacteria into Suffolk Coastal and Deben catchments
  • Improve soil management particularly in relation to outdoor pigs.

To help maintain the unique Sandlings Landscape and Heritage, the group will endeavour to:

Bring woodland back into active management including:

  • Pest Control
  • Control bracken
  • Maintain/restore other notable landscape features i.e. pine belts and hedges
  • Buffer historic features.

Engagement with local people:

  • Host farm walks
  • Educational visits
  • Revive traditional countryside skills.