UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is an independent, non-profit research institute, whose leading research covers all aspects of Integrated Farm Management.

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Primary contact: Nicholas Corker – Innovation Manager: [email protected]

Address: UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, MacLean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford OX10 8BB

Website: UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

About the UKCEH

With sites across England, Scotland and Wales, the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) conducts a diverse range of research covering water, land and air. Research at UKCEH addresses three major environmental and social challenges: creating and enhancing sustainable ecosystems, reducing and preventing pollution and mitigating and building resilience to environmental change.

Agricultural research at UKCEH ranges from soil mapping and measuring GHG emissions, to ecological intensification and the role of citizen science. Resources and tools developed by UKCEH for farmers include:

Research at UKCEH addresses three major environmental and social challenges including:

  • Creating and enhancing sustainable ecosystems.
  • Reducing and preventing pollution.
  • Mitigating and building resilience to environmental change.

AgZero+ project

Running from 2022-2027, one of UKCEH’s most ambitious research areas is the AgZero+ programme. This will support the UK’s transition towards domestic food production that is sustainable, carbon-neutral and has a positive effect on nature. Working in partnership with LEAF Innovation Centre, Rothamsted Research and Plymouth Marine Institute, the programme will collaborate with arable and livestock farmers to support innovative farming methods and define practical pathways to achieving net zero.

Aims of the project include:

  • Define pathways to achieving net zero plus arable and livestock farm systems, which minimize negative trade-offs between agricultural productivity and the environment.
  • Create a network of study farms and field-scale to national data, models and tools which will enable the transition to net zero plus agriculture.
  • Utilise innovative data science to supply real-time, high-quality data, models, and tools to enable the transition to net zero plus agriculture.

For more information on the programme, visit the AgZero+ website.