The agricultural and environmental consultancy ADAS has, over the years, been involved in monitoring the landscape and recording changes to habitats that occur over time, in response to climate fluctations and land use, including farming.

The consultancy business gives information and advice to environmental policy makers and rural development services. Established in the 1980s, ADAS was closely involved in monitoring until the 1990s, and now puts this out to tender - their focus is to look at the larger picture and connectivity between the many different organisations involved in land use and management and how the land responds to change.

The message, said James, was that for the co-existence of farm businesses and biodiversity, there is no simple formula. Like so many others in the environmental and agricultural sector, they are still looking for balance.

James Towers n Nigel Critchley

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