'The Bio diversity Benefits of Organic Farming', was the first comprehensive review of nine independent research studies comparing the levels of wildlife between organic and conventional farms
The studies found substantially higher levels of both abundance and diversity of species on organic farms, including birds, rare plants, spiders, butterflies, insects and other wildlife
The studies compared the levels of wildlife found on organic farms with those found on conventional farms. Much higher levels were found: five times as many wild plants, including a greater number of rare and declining arable plants; greater numbers of birds, such as breeding skylarks; about 1.5 times as many of the insects that make up bird food and at least three times as many non-pest butterflies in the crop edges. Some of the species found only on organic farms are targeted under the Government's national action plans on Bio diversity
"Organic farming could clearly be a major contributor to Bio diversity conservation in the UK if it were to be significantly expanded," said Chris Howe, Head of Future Landscapes, WWF-UK
This is a Natural England scheme that targets the conservation and enhancement of some key English landscapes, features and habitats and, where appropriate improves public access to them.
On South Penquite we have joined the scheme with these and other specific measures.
Wildlife Enhancement Scheme
Another Natural England scheme through which we have created a 'river corridor' by fencing livestock away from our stretch of the river De Lank
The De Lank is of national importance as an outstanding example of an upland, acid river. For a river of its type it supports an exceptionally rich flora, with over 70 species recorded including 32 mosses and liverworts. Higher plants include the nationally scarce coral-necklace
The objectives of the scheme are