Creating and restoring hedgerows and wood pasture, and making ponds or wetland scrapes can all be done with minimal loss of grazing and can often improve grassland by improving drainage and providing shelter. Reducing the use of synthetic fertilisers and animal worming products can have a big impact on increasing biodiversity both above and below ground with longer term benefits of a more productive species rich sward developing.
Help and advice for increasing biodiversity on your farm is available from several organisations including the Woodland Trust, local wildlife trusts and the Pasture for Life Association.
Current and future SFI standards include improved grassland, low and no input grassland, hedgerows, nutrient management and agroforestry. For scheme options and possible funding opportunities please see: Schemes, grants and funding.