Higher Level Stewardship & Farm Environmental Plans
Wold Ecology provides cost effective, high quality ELS/HLS and Farm Environmental Plan (FEP) services tailored to achieve a high return for the landowner/farmer. We guarantee that our work will achieve the Natural England standard, enabling a grant to be awarded to contribute to the cost of the FEP.
We have been completing schemes since HLS first started in 2005.
In 2012, we reached a milestone of 125 schemes in 10 counties including Yorkshire, Essex, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.
We thoroughly research local sources of information to ensure all ecological, historical and landscape character features are recorded and assessed.
We project-manage field work, liaise with Natural England and produce a package for the farmer which can include detailed advice and work on the ELS/HLS application. Wold Ecology also offers an HLS management plan service under the PAH grant option in the scheme. In recent years we have completed pond, scrub, woodland and hedgerow plans.
Wold Ecology works closely with the RSPB on many projects. The RSPB’s agri-environment scheme service provides free impartial advice on the best options and help with the final application.