The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is offering farmers a FREE and confidential farm environmental health check.

Free farm 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?

Living Farm Labs

Sign up to help develop the farm environmental health check

Join our pilot scheme and help us develop the farm environmental health check.


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

For detailed instructions, please refer to our Gate Keeper support Guide for users. 

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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 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:

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 -
Grace Skinner -