Preserving natural resources
To support our commitment to natural capital, part of our Milk Plan involves helping our farmers preserve natural habitats and encourage indigenous wildlife in the areas where they work. For example, thanks to our biodiversity programmes, eight of our First Milk farms currently have dedicated butterfly meadows, some of which are managed with the enthusiastic help of local schoolchildren.
We help our farmers preserve natural habitats in a range of other ways. At our West Cairngarroch farm on the coast in Wigtownshire, we have encouraged a shift in the farming cycle so that certain areas of land are kept free from cultivation and livestock during the summer months and then grazed with cattle in winter. This helps preserve the natural coastal habitat, at minimal cost to the farmer.
Over the next four years we will be ramping up our work in this area, with a series of natural capital assessments and action plans to measure and manage our farms’ impact on natural resources in more detail.