Countryside Stewardship Scheme and Nature Reserves: Expenditure

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much Natural England spent on site management per hectare for (a) national nature reserves and (b) Higher Level Stewardship Agreements in each of the last ten years.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The total area of National Nature Reserves (NNR) managed by Natural England is approximately 60,000 ha. The table below sets out the breakdown of funding year on year.

Pre-2014 data is not held centrally and to obtain it would incur disproportionate costs.

Year

£

Ha

£ / Ha

2014/15

£4,977,000

60000

£83

2015/16

£3,986,000

60000

£66

2016/17

£2,957,100

60000

£49

2017/18

£3,184,000

60000

£53

2018/19

£3,197,000

60000

£53

2019/20

£3,233,000

60000

£54

It is not possible to provide a figure for site management spend per hectare under Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreements. Hectarage is based on a scheme year while the payments are based on a calendar year. The table below sets out the amount of HLS payment value every year in England since 2010.

Year

Total

2010

£96,848,808

2011

£117,519,353

2012

£141,073,804

2013

£182,878,594

2014

£204,930,051

2015

£163,085,900

2016

£154,369,818

2017

£146,954,501

2018

£128,842,685

2019

£179,031,585

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