Nature-friendly grant scheme

Yellow wagtails are in decline.
Yellow wagtails are in decline.

The RSPB is looking for farmers in the Yorkshire Wolds and Coast area who are interested in getting paid to help wildlife thrive on their land.

These areas have huge potential to boost declining farmland birds and insects.

Applications are now open for the third year of the Government’s wildlife-friendly farming initiative Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

Farmers who sign up to the scheme will have a guaranteed income for five years.

The RSPB’s conservation advisor Chris Tomson is offering free advice to any farmer in the area who is considering signing up for countryside stewardship.

He said: “By visiting a farm, I can work out the best ways for a farmer to provide for wildlife on their land without affecting the efficiency and profitability of their business.”

For more details email Chris at chris.tomson@rspb.org.uk or call 07900 164601,