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Somerset Wildlife Trust / MOD / NE – Chancellor’s Farm

Location:Yoxter, Mendips

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In brief:The Wildlife Trust, MOD and Natural England collaborate to achieve conservation grazing on Yoxter army ranges at Chancellors farm in the Mendips.

Contact:Kate Lawrence

Tel:01749 870108

Email:Kate.Lawrence@somersetwildlife.org

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The Wildlife Trust, MOD and Natural England collaborate to achieve conservation grazing on Yoxter army ranges at Chancellors farm in the Mendips. NE provided capital for cattle purchase and revenue funding fro a full time Mendip estate worker, the Wildlife Trust lease the farm and range from the MOD and graze the farm and ranges with South Devon cattle (grazier cattle also graze under licence from SWT). In return the MOD has provided capital for infrastructure improvements (stock handling and winter housing facilities).

Where necessary income obtained by SWT from the SPS and agri-environment schemes, through SWT’s registration of the land, is used as financial incentives to the farmers in the project. In addition to the area payment received under SPS, which will gradually increase up to around £200 per hectare by 2012 it is anticipated that SWT, on the basis of a long term tenancy, will enter Yoxter Range into the higher tier of the Environmental Stewardship Scheme.