Humberhead Levels ELMS test

Humberhead Levels ELMS Test

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Environmental Land Management Scheme tests

New ways of addressing water resource management across the area need to be developed to deliver multiple benefits such as flood protection, clean water for human use and nature, and protecting important sites for biodiversity and for carbon storage within the peats.

In the Humberhead Levels, the test will seek to engage with land managers from across the area. Together we will identify the public goods that could be delivered in the area, and identify any priorities, issues and potential solutions to enabling delivery of the public goods.

Land managers - we need you!

We'll be holding a number of events this year to help us to establish a list of potential public goods for payments whilst identifying any priorities, issues and potential solutions to their delivery. This will include an online Vision Workshop in April 2021, workshops to develop outline Land Management Plans, and a symposium event to share findings and gather views.

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Test outcomes

  • Achieve consensus on priority public goods to be delivered in HHL with 100+ land managers.
  • 30 land management plans based on site visits in three clusters; peri-urban, buffering the nature reserves and open farmland.
  • HHL landscape scale costed assessment arrived at from consensus of priority goods and Land Management Plans and discussions with other sectors to engage interest in buying goods.
  • Foundation for an integrated landscape-scale strategy for the HHL, where methods will have been designed with the land management sector and other stakeholders.

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South Lincolnshire tests

Find out more about our second ELMS tests in South Lincolnshire

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A partnership approach

The Humberhead Levels partnership will be supporting delivery of the Test with a wide range of stakeholders working together. Technical advisers for the Test will include the Lincolnshire Environmental Records Centre and the University of Lincoln through the Lincoln Institute of Agri-food Technology (LIAT).

The Trust has appointed two ELMs Test Land Management Officers to undertake the tests; one for the Humberhead Levels and another for South Lincolnshire. The tests will run from 4 January 2021 to 31 July 2022.


Further information

About the Humberhead Levels

The Humberhead Levels (HHL) is shared between the counties of Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire covering over 2,000km2 of the former pro-glacial Lake Humber. The area’s significance for nature is recognised through: 41 Sites of Special Scientific Interest, 13 Local Nature Reserves and 3,300ha of the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve. The HHL is at the confluence of several rivers that flow into the Humber Estuary.

Land use varies from arable and organic farming; to urban centres like Doncaster; to a series of wild places providing access for a peaceful experience away from modern life. The HHL area has been impacted by floods and suffered from fire damage. The hazards facing the people and wildlife here will increase as further impacts from climate change are felt.

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Tel: 01507 526667