Land Use & Sustainability

Our scientists and researchers have a long track record of supporting government departments and other decision makers to monitor and evaluate agri-environment schemes and other programmes designed to support environmental sustainability in agriculture.

Land Use & Sustainability

Fera brings together evidence and insights from across our work in agri-environmental stewardship, remote sensing, spatial analysis and mapping, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), pollinator research and pesticide usage surveys.

By assessing and modelling the ways that economic, agricultural and social activities and behaviours are shaping land use and impacting the environment, we help decision makers to predict how landscapes will look in the future and provide advice on measures to influence land management in positive ways.


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  • Assessing social, economic and environmental impacts of land-management activities.
  • Collating evidence from multiple surveillance, mapping and research studies.
  • Close liaison with farmers and industry on surveillance and data gathering.
  • Advising decision makers on sustainable land-use policies.

Our land use and sustainability specialists can devise bespoke studies and assessments, working closely with farmers and industry on everything from surveillance and data gathering to collating and analysing data for public consumption. Our major customers include Syngenta, BASF, ADAS, as well as government organisations such as Defra, Natural England, the Health and Safety Executive, and the European Commission.


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Land use & sustainability services

Our policy evaluation services

Fera’s land use policy work has included major monitoring and evaluation studies of Environmental Stewardship, the Campaign for the Farmed Environment and cross-compliance, as well as research into the ecology and conservation of specific taxa on farmland, such as arable bryophytes and pollinating insects.

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Our bespoke services

  • Monitoring and evaluation of agri-environment schemes and programmes relating to the environmental sustainability of agriculture.
  • Surveillance of pesticide usage in the UK .

For more information on our land use services, or further detail on our bespoke services, please get in touch.


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Why choose Fera?

We undertake a range of research projects across various disciplines within the agricultural sector.

  • We have scientific heritage that stretches back over 100 years

    We have the scientific expertise to preform industry leading research

  • We publish over 100 peer-reviewed papers per year

    We publish over 100 peer-reviewed papers per year

  • We test and analyse over 90,000 samples per year

    Our impressive campus offers the ideal facilities to perform a range of desired research activities

  • We have collaborated on 33 EU projects working with over 440 partners

    As a global collaborator co-ordinating 16 major projects in the last 5 years, we can bring our extensive expertise and experience to your project

Why choose Fera?

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