GAP's Services

What does GAP do?

GAP exists to provide a first point of contact for information, advice and networking support to anyone with an interest in grazing with our natural environment and our cultural heritage in mind.

GAP does not duplicate work undertaken by the many individuals and organisations involved in farming, conservation and land-management. Instead GAP provides the means by which that knowledge, experience and good practice can be easily sign-posted, accessed and made available to as many people as possible.

 

GAP’s Website

GAP Map Tool

View details and case studies of grazing schemes around the UK.

Search the map for grazing schemes around the UK

Or click here to read about grazing and grasslands on a global scale

Ready Reckoner

The Ready Reckoner is a grazing costing tool that allows graziers and land managers to calculate grazing costs for a wide variety of land management scenarios.

Publications

A wide range of information leaflets, handbooks, good practice guides and news items are available from the GAP website. Previous issues of GAP News our quarterly newsletter can be downloaded from the GAP News Archive.

Visit the publications section of the website to view our information arranged by topic.

Stock Keep

Stock Keep is a practical database that allows users to register the details of their animals or the availability of their land for grazing. The web pages are free and easy to use.

Register your details and search for free.

 

Nibblers

Nibblers is GAP’s online discussion forum and provides a means for networking and information sharing on every conceivable grazing topic.

Click here to find out about joining and view previous discussions.

 

Training

GAP Courses

GAP runs a training programme of short practical courses that are accredited by Lantra. The two courses GAP provides are the Livestock Checkers (lookers) course and Conservation Grazing in Practice. Click here for more information. 

 

Traineeships

In 2011, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded a grant of £260,121 under its Skills for the Future programme to GAP to set up and run a three-year nationwide programme of six and twelve month traineeship placements.

The aim was to offer trainees a mix of ‘on the job’ work experience and instruction in the practical skills associated with livestock handling and conservation grazing. Trainees received a bursary to meet living expenses, mentoring support and access to GAP training courses. 

 

Conferences

In February 2015, Natural England hosted the Innovation in Conservation Grazing conference with more than 150 people attending.