Wolds farms offered wildlife scheme help

The RSPB said the The Wolds is an excellent area to boost declining wildlife such as hares.
The RSPB said the The Wolds is an excellent area to boost declining wildlife such as hares.

The RSPB is looking for farmers in the Yorkshire Wolds who are interested in getting paid to help wildlife thrive on their land.

Applications are now open for the third year of the Government’s wildlife-friendly farming initiative Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS), which rewards farmers for giving nature a home.

The Wolds is an excellent area for nature and has huge potential to help boost declining farmland birds, as well as other wildlife from butterflies and bees to hares and hedgehogs.

The RSPB’s conservation advisor Chris Tomson is offering free advice to any farmer in the area who is considering signing up for countryside stewardship. He said: “By visiting a farm, I can work out the best ways for a farmer to provide for wildlife on their land without affecting the profitability of their business.”

Farmers interested in chatting with Chris can email him at chris.tomson@rspb.org.uk or call him on 07900 164601.