The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is offering farmers a FREE and confidential farm environmental health check.
Why are we offering a free farm health check?
We have been awarded funding from UK Research & Innovation to support the transition of UK agriculture to what we call ‘Net Zero+’. Key to achieving this will be to provide farmers with free access to accurate, impartial, and reliable data on their greenhouse gas emissions, carbon stocks, pollution risks and biodiversity impacts. We will use this knowledge to work with farmers to develop new and innovative low-carbon and sustainable farming systems.
What are we offering?
Based on detailed data on soil type, topography, aspect, and landscape composition to map suitable sites for: woodland planting; pollinator and wild bird habitat creation; water resource protection and natural flood management.
Whole farm audits of production efficiency, emissions, carbon stocks, pollution risk and biodiversity. We have been working with major farm management software providers to develop quick and easy ways of securely sharing your farm management data with us.
Sign up to help develop the farm environmental health check
Join our pilot scheme and help us develop the farm environmental health check.
What you need to do:
1. Click the button below to sign up via a Google form
2. Share your farm management data with us. Please refer to the Gatekeeper and Muddy Boots sections below for instructions.
For Gatekeeper users
We have developed a series of three specialised reports, which you will be able to select from the reports window:
1. UKCEH farm health check field list – contains data on each of the fields on the farm, such as field names, areas, crop type, target yields, yields etc. Also contains map sheet number and NG number needed to determine the location of a field.
2. UKCEH farm health check field operations – contains data on field operations including seeds, fertiliser, herbicides, and machinery applied to/used on each of the fields.
3. UKCEH farm health check fertilisers applied – contains further breakdown/detail on the fertilisers applied, including date and rate of application.
Ideally, please send us data from 2018 - present. For each of the three reports, you are able to send data for all of these years together. Please email the reports as .csv files to email@example.com.
For detailed instructions, please refer to our Gate Keeper support Guide for users.
For Muddy Boots users
All you need to do is:
1. Login to your grower management greenlight account
2. Follow these instructions to share your site with us (use GraSki@ceh.ac.uk as the recipient)
Please make sure to set our role as ‘Standard’ so we have access to all the data we require. There are some additional settings in the ’Privacy’ tab on the ‘Site Settings’ page, where you can toggle sliders so we cannot see data on plans and financial information if you do not wish for us to see this.
The benefits to you
This will enable us to link your farm management data with our state-of-the-art models to provide you with estimates of the following key factors:
stocks modelled using detailed habitat mapping and vegetation canopy height.
• area, diversity and quality of biodiversity habitat,
• edge habitats associated with beneficial biodiversity, including pollination and pest control,
• disturbance factors, including pesticide use, tillage regime and crop rotation, and
• predictions of abundance and diversity of indicator and beneficial species.
Keeping your data safe and confidential
UKCEH fully comply with all current data protection regulations, and we ensure all personal data is kept securely. The data will not be shared with third parties. We also understand the commercial sensitivity of farm location and management data and will keep this information confidential. Any reporting from the project will present high level summary data, which will be anonymised. It will not be possible to identify individual farm enterprises. Full terms & conditions of data use are available via our privacy notice
For more information contact
Richard Pywell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace Skinner - GraSki@ceh.ac.uk