Environmental & Land Management

Luffness Mains have achieved a LEAF Marque accreditation as a result of our Integrated Farm Managment approach.  We are committed to sustainable, Integrated Farming and wholeheartedly believe that we have a responsibility to protect the land that we farm.

Luffness Mains is committed to:

  • Preventing the pollution of soil, water and air

    • The West Peffer Burn is the main watercourse on the farm, and in the locality.  It feeds directly into Aberlady Bay, less than 1km downstream of the farm
    • In the 1970-90’s the West Peffer Burn was one of the most polluted watercourses in Scotland, supporting hardly any freshwater life
    • Following concerted efforts at Luffness Mains and across its catchment, the West Peffer Burn now supports fish with occasional sightings of otters.  Recent improvements to one of our ditches have allowed fish to move into it for the first time
    • In 2012 we invested in tractors fitted with adblue engines to considerably reduce carbon emissions and achieve 20 - 30% less fuel consumption
    • We make sure that water levels in our reservoirs, used for irrigation, are managed and preserved, as we want to protect the flora and fauna in this environment
  • Reducing waste

    • We are conscious and review our policy for waste management annually
    • Pesticide and fertiliser packaging are minimised at all times and collected after use for recycling
  • Protecting and encouraging key habitats and species

    Protecting and encouraging key habitats and species as identified in Local and National Biodiversity Action Plans.

    • We are committed to protecting the wildlife on and around Luffness Mains. Our team have received training on the farm’s environmental features and how to protect them
    • We have chosen the otter, skylark, yellowhammer and grey partridge as our priority species
    • They are present on the farm and act as indicators of the health of the farm’s habitats.  If they are doing well, so are other species, and so are we
    • We measure bird population and locality by inviting RSPB onto the farm to carry out bird counts
  • Maintaining and enhancing the local landscape

    • The combination of grass margins, hedgerows and wild bird cover provide the ideal habitat for grey partridge and yellowhammer.  Both species like open farmland
    • We have developed a network of over 17km of grass margins across the farm, ranging from 4m-8m in width, enough to support several barn owls
    • We plant some areas of mixed crops specifically for wildlife which use the range of nectar, seeds and cover
    • Seed mixtures contain specific plant species such as phacelia, vetches and clovers to encourage the natural predators such as lace wing lady birds and other insects
  • Protecting historical and archeological featues

Here are some pictures showing the environment and habitats on the farm.