West country farmers send out a plea to save endangered species of nature

Environmentalists have been pushing some European governments to give them a last opportunity to place themselves behind vulnerable and species in the west country such as the skylark and lapwing.

MEPs in government will be voting on several reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which will finally create an impact on the farmers who subsidise measures that help region receive environmentally-friendly funds in order to help ensure that enough money goes to schemes that help manage land so wildlife would be key to reversing some of the declines in species native to farmland.

This will support some of the efforts that were introduced to make subsidies be more green and help pay farmers by helping them keep 7% of their lands as ecological areas so natural species can thrive, and put other measures in place to help protect landscapes like grasslands.

Paul Wilkinson from the Wildlife Trust Association said that they should be doing much more to reverse some of the degradation of natural habitats such as meadows and marshlands in order to stop the decline of species that have been associated to farmlands like lapwing and skylark.

Conservationists also pitched in, supporting amendments to the current regulations that would allow more funding for voluntary land management that follows environmental procedures, and direct subsidies should be paying for these measure, according to them.

Farmers and some landowners are also worried that pressures to increased payments of green funds will place the UK industry at a disadvantage. For example, DEFRA has already negotiated some ability to move funds from direct payments to rural development which will in turn help widen gaps in the levels of payment even further on. The National Farmers Union (NFU) formed a coalition to help tackle these issues recently, and help reduce unnecessary red tape.