In The UK
UOH | TAL | HUTTON
The University of Hertfordshire (UOH) is developing and testing a Decision Support Tool that aims to help farmers identify the most ecologically sound and pragmatic solution for implementing farm management practices (FMPs) on their farm. The development of user-friendly software forms a core part of AERU’s experience including projects for Defra, the RSPB and the European Commission. The DST will be underpinned by metrics developed as part of the WP that will identify the impact of FMPs on biodiversity and related ES, and applying data collected as part of a farmer and citizen science based monitoring approach that will also be developed.
Taskscape Associates ltd (TAL) is a communications and knowledge management consultancy firm. We’re part of the project’s leadership team helping facilitate effective collaboration, knowledge exchange and communications strategy across the project. This includes inputting into and helping facilitate events, project strategy and providing and managing the project’s Microsoft Teams platform.
Taskscape Media, our in-house communications / media agency is providing the project website, and curating and creating media and content assets and output channels across the project.
The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has already taken a leading role in developing and facilitating the Farmer Cluster movement in the UK, which is helping farmers to help themselves and their neighbours, to deliver greater biodiversity and environmental benefits at a landscape level. Five farmer clusters were established as part of a pilot study between 2013 and 2015. These have now expanded to include more than 100 Farmer Clusters throughout England, covering 450,000 ha and involving 1,700 farmers. This project will be an excellent opportunity for us to evaluate the performance of Farmer Clusters on an even larger scale and to determine the economic, social and ecological costs and benefits of the FRAMEwork System.
By expanding the Farmer Cluster network further across the UK and into Europe, we hope to establish this larger network on a permanent basis and continue to grow it by promoting and increasing awareness, particularly through the Citizen Observatory and Information Hub (an open access platform to support FRAMEwork networks) and sustained farmer-to-farmer learning.
The James Hutton Institute (HUTTON) is the convening partner of the Framework project. We’re co-ordinating the consortium and acting as Lead Partner. We will ensure the project is progressing according to the Grant Agreement and that partners are delivering the agreed outputs in a timely manner.
A network of neighbouring farmers in the Balruddery Catchment, Tayside, Scotland will be established as a Farmer Cluster, together with local stakeholder groups (SEPA, SNH, Tayside Biodiversity Partnership, local council officers, Soil Association and LEAF) to co-design and implement biodiversity friendly management strategies and monitor the impact across the catchment on pollinator biodiversity and pollination services. Facilitation and training will be provided through on farm events and workshops.
Data and information from this Pilot Study, together with existing data from biodiversity studies at landscape scales will help assess landscape composition effects on functional biodiversity and ecosystem services. JHI’s social scientists will lead the development of the Hutton DigiFarm environment into a game for assessing farmer and public knowledge of biodiversity production strategies across the project.