North East Scotland

Stuartfield, Peterhead, UK

Overview

The Scotland Farmer Cluster is in Aberdeenshire which is one of the most mixed farming areas in the UK. The farms within the cluster are typically arable with livestock being mainly cows and sheep. The cluster members are farmers who have got together to promote several aims such as providing resources for pollinators that are present that will also encourage farmland birds, as well as improving the health of their soil.


The cluster have sown areas of wildflowers during spring 2022 to benefit both pollinators and birds, and some have incorporated direct drilling, under sowing and the planting of cover crops to improve soil health.

Facilitator

Biodiversity Focus

Native plants (weed species/interactions)

Farmers' Key Issues 

Soil health,
Carbon content,
Cover crops,
Structure pollination,
Improving pollination for crops,
Arable weeds and interactions (host plants for beneficial
insects)

Details

Farms

4

Landscape Type

Arable and Livestock

Average Farm Size

300 ha

Total Cluster Size

3700 ha

Established

2020

Region

Stuartfield, Peterhead, UK

Dr Gill Banks