Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the basis of agriculture. It has enabled farming systems to evolve ever since agriculture was first developed some 10,000 years ago. Biodiversity is the origin of all species of crops and domesticated livestock and the variety within them. It is also the foundation of ecosystem services essential to sustain agriculture and human well-being. Today’s crop and livestock biodiversity are the result of many thousands years of human intervention.

Biodiversity and agriculture are strongly interrelated because while biodiversity is critical for agriculture, agriculture can also contribute to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Indeed, sustainable agriculture both promotes and is enhanced by biodiversity. Maintenance of this biodiversity is essential for the sustainable production of food and other agricultural products and the benefits these provide to humanity, including food security, nutrition and livelihoods.

News

Soil health – why and how?

Interest in soil health is growing at all levels. It is a key area for policy with the UK government’s 25-year environment plan, launched earlier this year, indicating that future agricultural policy will focus on soil health and structure.

read more >

New practical guides

The Farm Advisory Service has launched a series of four practical guides. Two of the guides look water margins and biodiversity, one from an arable perspective, the other from livestock. …

read more >

AECS – what’s new?

It has recently been rumoured that the demand for the current Agri-Environment and Climate Scheme, AECS, is falling in some regions. This could be due to a number of factors…

read more >
View all Biodiversity news >

Sign up to FAS newsleter

Receive updates on news, events and publications from Scotland’s Farm Advisory Service

Phone

0300 323 0161

Email

advice@fas.scot