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15 November 2017
Organic Innovation Days
Incorporating OK-NET arable final conference
23 November 2017
Winter Organic Cereals
Diversity in the field - the way forward?
17 October 2017
Organic and Low-Input Dairy Farming
Avenues to Enhance Sustainability and Competitiveness in the EU
15 October 2017
Trees and livestock
What is the role of trees and woodland on an upland livestock farm today?
16 August 2017
Promoting crop diversification in European agriculture
A major 5-year European project ˗ DiverIMPACTS launched
The biodiversity impacts of establishing a silvoarable agroforestry system – Whitehall Farm, Cambs
Contract period:1 June 2009 to 30 May 2012
Main funder:Ashden Trust
Contact staff at ORC:Dr. Jo Smith
Project aimsThe establishment and development of a silvoarable system on previously intensive conventionally farmed land on black fenland soils at Whitehall Fm, Cambridgeshire, is likely to have a considerable impact on the wildlife in the area, and subsequently, impact on the ecosystem services this biodiversity help deliver. We aim to monitor a range of plants and animals to see how the communities change as the system develops over the next few years. Before the trees were planted in October 2009, we carried out a baseline survey of butterflies, bumblebees, soil and litter invertebrates and vegetation in the proposed agroforestry system and two controls: the adjacent organic arable system and a neighbouring conventional farm. The pollinator and vegetation surveys have been repeated again this summer.