Agriculture and Wildlife

James Long james.long at
Tue Sep 23 11:46:55 EST 1997

 The Game Conservancy Trust's practical management techniques have proved
that by using simple agricultural practices wildlife populations can improve
on farmland.  Many farmland wildlife is under threat from the use of
pesticides and other farming practices.  But with the help of refuges for
beneficial insects and other simple techniques, farmland wildlife can
improve on farm land.

The Conservation Headland and the Beetle Bank, both invented by the Trust
have provided habitats and refuges for beneficial insects which provide food
sources for farmland birds such as Yellowhammer, Whitethroat and the Grey
Partridge, species all threatened.  By planting set-aside effectively, these
species can also benefit from simple management techniques.

Find out about the research the Trust is doing to help these endangered
species and more at

 The Game Conservancy Trust has the longest running cereal ecosystem study
ever.  The Sussex Study based on the Sussex Downs, UK has been running for
over 30 years and studies crops, chemical use, wildlife populations and
insect populations over a huge area of the Downs.  This study shows the
changes in farming practices over the years, the changes in wildlife
populations and the effects on insect populations.  These changes have been
mapped using GIS.

This study has provided useful data for many organisations and has recently
led to the publication of a report by English Nature/JNCC, RSPB and the

Find out more about this amazing study on our site.

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