Semi-natural landscape elements (habitat)

For semi-natural landscape elements we think of verges, trees or rows of trees, small forests, springs, dikes, wood edges, hedges, sunken lanes, (parts of) fields that are not harvested or that are specifically sown to feed birds or (small) wildlife, ditches, ponds… Often these landscape elements are specific for a region and give character to the landscape. These elements attract specific fauna and flora and aim is to also attract natural enemies of plagues. This is possible by implementing watering places and hibernation spots for beneficiary insects and animals on a higher level of the food pyramid. An extended network of these landscape elements provide a stable ecosystem with a natural plague regulation.

Interesting links:

Offsetting land in the agricultural landscape to increase biodiversity resilience (Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust)

Water and wildlife (Natural England)

Landscape-scale conservation (Natural England)

Nature friendly ditching (Nature Friendly Farming Network)