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4.2 Framework for Monitoring Environmental Outcomes in Protected Landscapes

Confirmed statistics being provided to each AONB and National Park.

Statistics

Provider

  1. The area managed under agri-environment agreements, i.e Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS), Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA) and the different levels of Environmental Stewardship (ES). Expressed as a % of the protected landscape and as a % of the draft Utilisable Agricultural Area within it.

Natural England

  1. The total annual values of agri-environment agreements (CSS, ESA and different levels of ES)

Natural England

  1. Interactive spreadsheets enabling protected landscape bodies to calculate the uptake of ES field parcel options and ‘numbers of’ items e.g trees, which can be tailored to local circumstances.

Natural England

  1. The uptake of 6 themed groups of ES options that contribute to conserving and enhancing landscape character:
  • The area of land under ES for the management and protection of archaeological features
  • The number of hedgerow trees and in-field trees managed under ES
  • The area of woodland managed and created under ES
  • The area of low input grassland managed, restored or created under ES
  • The area of land under ES for the management, restoration or creation of lowland heathland
  • The area of land under ES for the maintenance, restoration or creation of moorland

Statistics provided in early June.

Natural England

  1. The area of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in favourable or recovering condition.

Natural England

  1. Condition of broad habitats within SSSIs

Natural England

  1. Number of heritage assets, including the number of listed buildings (including grade II listed) and structural scheduled monuments, scheduled monuments, registered parks and gardens, registered battlefields.

English Heritage

  1. % of heritage assets that are ‘at risk’, including buildings at risk (excluding grade II listed), monuments, registered parks and gardens, registered battlefields, conservation areas and places of worship.

English Heritage

  1. % of the protected landscape that is relatively tranquil for its area.

Natural England

  1. Number of geological SSSI unit features, and % in favourable or recovering condition.

Natural England

  1. Total area of woodland (Sub-divided into categories, e.g. broadleaved, conifer, mixed, shrub land plus young trees, felled woodland plus ground prepared for new planting. Sub-divisions tbc)

Forestry Commission

  1. % area of woodland that is managed (incorporating woodlands where there has been Forestry Commission England grant scheme or felling licence activity in previous 5-10 years).

Forestry Commission

  1. % of the protected landscape as ‘accessible natural environment’

Natural England

  1. Length of Public Rights of Way (likely to be sub-divided e.g into footpaths, bridleways, cycle tracks, and Byways Open to Traffic. Sub-divisions tbc)

Natural England

  1. Length of National Trails

Natural England

  1. Land use change statistics
Defra