THERE IS still time for farmers to have a say on the future of agri-environment schemes, if they can spare a moment to fill in yet another form.

Head of Lowland Research Scotland, at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Dave Parish, said: “We recognise that one of the banes of farming is the amount of form filling, and the number of surveys where farmers and land managers are being invited to participate is excessive right now.

"Regrettably this is just another one – but it is especially important in terms of how our farms will look and how aid can be delivered to support animal and plant life on farm in the future.

“There is until the end of this month to respond to the survey being run with the GWCT-led Interreg NSR PARTRIDGE project on what you think of AES, do they deliver for a biodiversity-rich and varied farmland environment, and are they workable?" explained Mrv Parish/

“Principally we want to know whether current options can be improved, and what would you like from AES in the future? You don’t need scheme experience to take part, so if you can please lend us 10 minutes of your time for the survey.”