Wasteland or Oasis? The use of set-aside by breeding and wintering birds

Set-aside exists primarily to reduce over-production of the food crops it replaces and to permit reductions in the costs of agricultural price support in the European Union (EU) (Floyd 1992). In Britain, set-aside became a prominent feature of our farmland in autumn 1992, when wide-ranging reforms of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) meant that