Dave Allen and Clive Mellon have both been selected by DAERA as qualified environmental planners for the new Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS). The EFS Higher Level is targeted at designated areas and farms supporting priority habitats and species. The aim of the scheme is to ensure these areas are under favourable management and successful applicants will have to submit a site specific Remedial Management Plan (ssRMP), prepared by a qualified environmental planner.
The scheme will help to maintain or restore favourable management to some of our most important natural areas and the first tranche of eligible areas is currently being selected. The scheme will encourage appropriate management of key habitats such as blanket bog, wet heath, fen meadow and semi-natural woodlands as well as priority species such as breeding waders and marsh fritillary butterflies (pictured).