Published in support of the UK Biodiversity Action Plan for black grouse

Grants for moorland and rough grazing in Wales

There is one main source of government grant to encourage positive management of moorland and rough grazing land in Wales:

Tir Gofal
This agri-environment scheme is available to all land managers in Wales and is administered by the Rural Payments Division of the National Assembly for Wales (previously administered by the Countryside Council for Wales/Cyngor Cefn Gwlad Cymru.) It encourages a whole farm approach and, in the uplands, can offer payments for agreed levels of grazing that encourage longer vegetation, maintain areas of rough grazing and hay meadows and pastures. Payments for capital works such as tree planting and wall repairs are also available. Online information about Tir Gofal is available in English and in Welsh. For more information, contact Chris Mellenchip, Wales Black Grouse Recovery Project Officer.

Species Challenge Fund
These funds were available for conservation action for UK Biodiversity Action Plan species, including black grouse, but the closing date for the last round of SCF projects has now passed; a decision as to whether to invite applications for projects commencing after April 2004 is expected soon. For information, contact Chris Mellenchip, Wales Black Grouse Recovery Project Officer.