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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22274: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it is providing towards the conservation of wading birds in 2018-19, and plans to provide in (a) 2019-20 an (b) 2020-21.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 3 April 2019

Funding committed by the Scottish Government under the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) options for (i) wader grazed grassland and (ii) wader and wildlife mown grassland is provided in the following table.

AECS

2018

2019

2020

2021

£ Committed

5,770,255

6,335,564

5,444,801

4,085,973

Ha Managed

40,930.66

49,096.73

49,116.28

38,282.77

Number of Businesses

1,209

1,495

1,495

1,246

These management Options cover a five year commitment period and include both management and capital costs. The 2019 AECS round opened on 16 January 2019 and is due to close on 12 April 2019.

In addition, Scottish Natural Heritage has committed the following funding for curlew conservation:

2018-19 : £115k (comprised of £83k to the Working for Wader Challenge Fund; £25k to a Curlew Trial Management Project; £7k admin and promotion)

2019-2020 : £80k (projects yet to be finalised but the emphasis will be on collaboration and delivery of “on the ground” action)

2020-2021 : £70k