Buffer strips and hedges

Code: 
A02
Sector: 
Agriculture
Other sector(s): 
Urban
Forest
Hydro Morphology
The complete description of the NWRM: 
Summary: 

Buffer strips are areas of natural vegetation cover (grass, bushes or trees) at the margin of fields, arable land, transport infrastructures and water courses. They can have several different configurations of vegetation found on them varying from simply grass to combinations of grass, trees, and shrubs.  Due to their permanent vegetation, buffer strips offer good conditions for effective water infiltration and slowing surface flow; they therefore promote the natural retention of water. They can also significantly reduce the amount of suspended solids, nitrates and phosphates originating from agricultural run-off. Buffer strips can be sited in riparian zones, or away from water bodies as field margins, headlands or within fields (e.g. beetle banks). Hedges across long, steep slopes may reduce soil erosion as they intercept and slow surface run-off water before it builds into damaging flow, particularly where there is a margin or buffer strip alongside. For the purpose of this catalogue, riparian buffer (see F1) are considered a separate NWRM as they generally have different design, implementation and management criteria.

Possible benefits with level: 
Benefits Levelsort descending
BP2 - Slow runoff High
BP10 - Reduce erosion and/or sediment delivery High
ES7 - Flood risk reduction High
ES8 - Erosion/sediment control High
ES9 - Filtration of pollutants High
PO7 - Prevent surface water status deterioration High
PO9 - Take adequate and co-ordinated measures to reduce flood risks High
PO11 - Better protection for ecosystems and more use of Green Infrastructure High
PO12 - More sustainable agriculture and forestry High
PO14 - Prevention of biodiversity loss High
BP6 - Increase infiltration and/or groundwater recharge Low
BP11 - Improve soils Low
ES3 - Natural biomass production Low
ES4 - Biodiversity preservation Low
PO1 - Improving status of biology quality elements Low
PO2 - Improving status of physico-chemical quality elements Low
PO4 - Improving chemical status and priority substances Low
PO5 - Improving quantitative status Low
PO6 - Improving chemical status Low
PO10 - Protection of important habitats Low
PO13 - Better management of fish stocks Low
BP5 - Increase evapotranspiration Medium
BP7 - Increase soil water retention Medium
BP9 - Intercept pollution pathways Medium
BP14 - Create terrestrial habitats Medium
BP17 - Absorb and/or retain CO2 Medium
ES5 - Climate change adaptation and mitigation Medium
ES6 - Groundwater/aquifer recharge Medium
PO3 - Improving status of hydromorphology quality elements Medium
PO8 - Prevent groundwater status deterioration Medium
Last updated: 08 Jun 2015 | Top