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Monday, 14 March 2016

Grants now up for grabs for area's wildlife-friendly farmers

Nature conservation charity, the RSPB, is offering free advice to farmers in the Yorkshire Wolds and Coast area who would like to be rewarded for giving nature a home on their land.

Grants will be available from the Countryside Stewardship Scheme to help wildlife thrive alongside agriculture.

The charity says the Yorkshire Wolds and Coast area is an excellent place for nature and has great to help declining farmland birds such as skylarks and grey partridges, as well as other wildlife from butterflies to hedgehogs.

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There are several scheme with attractive payments but the RSPB says the competitive process means it's wise to secure specialist advice before applying.

Conservation adviser Chris Tomson, who is providing guidance. works with farmers and agents and advisers.

He said: “Countryside Stewardship applications are competitive so it’s important that any application makes the best possible case for helping farm wildlife and pollinators.

"By visiting a farm, I can identify the most appropriate ways for a farmer to help wildlife and increase their chances of making a successful application.”

The scheme is open until 30 September with the agreements beginning in January, next year.

Farmers can contact Chris on 07900 164 601 or email chris.tomson@rspb.org.uk.

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