Environmental Stewardship Audits

Environmental Stewardship

For the many agreement holders in ELS, OELS and HLS, there are still plenty of services offered by Oakbank to help you deliver your agreement over the coming years:

An annual ‘health check’ on your agreement – an annual visit to check prescriptions are being adhered to and to make sure the options are working for you. Advice on any problem areas.

A complete agreement audit – an ‘inspection’ of your agreement, measuring lengths, widths and areas with hand-held GPS and checking management of the habitat options is in accordance with the prescriptions. As detailed as an RPA inspection but without any fines!

A complete management package for new agreements – a quarterly visit during the first two years of the agreement to include GPS marking out of areas, ensuring all habitats are correct by end of year 2. Annual visit thereafter with the option to include a GPS audit as an add-on.

Amendments to your agreement - we can advise on any changes required, including those with respect to Ecological Focus Area requirements for the Basic Payment Scheme.

Management Plans and Ecological Surveys – surveys and plans to aid habitat management across archaeological sites, heathlands, within scrub and woodland areas, including Felling License applications.