Conservation headlands

These are important for rare arable weeds, invertebrates and breeding birds, especially Grey Partridges.

Conservation headlands:

  • are 6m wide strips on the outside of arable fields that are drilled with cereal seed but not sprayed with herbicide or insecticide
  • as there is no herbicide, weeds can grow. The weeds support insects which are a food source for young birds, including Grey Partridge chicks
  • the weeds may include rare plants like Round-headed Prickly Poppy and Sharp-leaved Fluellen
  • in some situations the cereal growing in the conservation headland can be harvested and sold. If the cereal is too poor for this we use it as food for birds in the winter
  • conservation headlands receive a payment through Environmental Stewardship. We have about 1600m per year split between spring and winter crops
Conservation headland