The Fair to Nature Farm Plan is an important part of Fair to Nature membership. The Fair to Nature Farm Plan is unique to each farm in the scheme. It contains details about the nature-friendly practices on the farm and how best to manage the wildlife habitats. For full members, it is an essential document for the external audit.

The Fair to Nature Farm Plan is completed with input from a Fair to Nature adviser and reviewed at the biennial habitat assessment and advice visits.

You will soon be able to download a blank template of the Fair to Nature Farm Plan from this page. In the meantime, please contact the Fair to Nature Facilitator at shelley.abbott@rspb.org.uk.

A completed Fair to Nature Farm Plan contains information on each of the ten sections found in the Fair to Nature Standard:

1. Farm details and summary

Along with information about the farming enterprise, this section includes a brief written description of the farm, its existing wildlife, a vision for realising the farms full potential for wildlife, and the member’s rationale for nature friendly farming.

2. Wildlife habitats and priority species

This section contains the calculation of the farmed area used to determine how much wildlife habitat is required. A key element of Fair to Nature farming is the provision of wildlife habitats over at least 10% of the farmed area. Details of the wildlife habitats on the farm and what priority species are present in the area are also outlined here.

The management of each wildlife habitat is also documented in this section.

3. Soil management

A healthy soil is essential for healthy crops, for preventing erosion and water pollution, and for a healthy ecosystem. Fair to Nature members record details of soil monitoring and management techniques used to increase soil health in this section.

4. Carbon Management

A carbon footprint calculation is required every four years and steps taken to reduce the farm’s carbon footprint is recorded in this section, such as building soil organic matter and reducing the use of inorganic fertiliser.

5. Livestock Management

The Fair to Nature Standard concentrates on the effect of veterinary medicines on the environment. This section records the steps taken to reduce those effects, such as minimising the use, grazing regimes, threshold monitoring.

6. Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

The Fair to Nature IPM Plan Guidance should be reviewed annually and a record of specific measures taken to minimise pesticide use on the farm should be detailed in this section.

7. Fertiliser Management

Fertiliser use should be noted in this section, as well as steps taken to minimise the use of the use of inorganic nitrogen fertilisers.

8. Water and Pollution Management

This section focusses on how water on the farm is used, what efficiencies could be made and how pollution risks are managed.

9. Training Records

The scheme auditors require evidence of attendance at Fair to Nature training events. All new members are required to attend an induction training course. Annual training events for members are also provided.

10. Legal and Regulatory Compliance

This section is a space to record any complaints that a member may have received in relation to the Fair to Nature requirements.

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Mule ewe and lambs at RSPB Manor Farm. Patrick Cashman