Advisory Services

Our resources page has useful leaflets and lots of management guidance but if you want tailored advice for your land then please see below

Please note that some advice is free but most advisory visits are offered for a fee. Our Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Funding does not cover 1:1 advice

If we ask you to send us photos here is a useful guide on how to photograph your meadow

Management advice +

For advice on how to manage and enhance your grassland for biodiversity the following local advisers are offering short (approx 2 hour) site visits for £150 plus mileage :

  • A walkover of one or two fields to assess the habitat
  • Key species identification, possibly followed by a visit from Stuart Hedley if appropriate
  • Simple management recommendations or meadow restoration plan to meet your needs
  • List of basic do’s and don’ts!
  • Signposting to relevant grants and further help

Whole smallholdings and farm visits are available by arrangement.

Telephone advice on all aspects of meadow management is also available from Sophie Cowling and Andrew Nixon at Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.

And from  Wye Valley AONB

Plant surveys +

For FREE plant identification of your grassland contact:

Advice on planting the Right trees in the Right place on your your land

Countryside Stewardship grant funding +

Find out about Natural England Grant funding.

For 1:1 advice about your meadows and grassland book an advisory visit.  Your adviser will signpost you to all the currently available grant opportunities.

Please ask us if your grassland is likely to be eligible for Countryside Stewardship grassland options.

For more information on what is new in the 2022 Countryside Stewardship scheme Whats New In CSS 2022

To get the best possible application for your grassland we are happy to work with you and any adviser helping with your Stewardship application, whether one of the Wye and Usk Foundation team or an agent.  We can help with grassland surveys and advise on how to get your grassland onto the NE priority habitat inventory.

Depending on location and farm type you may be eligible for advice about improving water quality from Wye and Usk Foundation or Catchment Sensitive Farming.