Ethics Statement and Survey Consent

Thank you for your interest in this survey.

This research survey aims to explore how farmers are managing their leys, how they remove their leys to revert them to arable, and what problems they are currently encountering. This should help us to target areas for future research to help the UK farming industry. 

We are sponsored by UKRI (UK Research and Innovation) to conduct this research. This survey should take less than 15 minutes and contains a series of multiple-choice questions.

The information provided by you in this questionnaire will be used for research purposes. All data collected will be anonymised and stored securely on Bangor University and UKCEH servers until the end of the project in October 2022. The data will be shared between our project partners at the University of Sheffield, NIAB, Herriot Watt University, University of Birmingham, and Rothamsted Research for farm cost-benefit analysis, scaling up and policy implementation, and for open access research journal publications. 

Participants are free to withdraw at any point of the survey, and can also have their response removed from the dataset upon contacting the researcher. As part of GDPR regulations, new data laws state that we explain exactly how we will store and use your information after it is provided. Please take time to understand this before participating. In summary, any data collected will be processed and stored as follows:

  • Digital responses will be collected on a secure Bangor University and UKCEH sever that is accessed only by encrypted laptops.
  • All data will be anonymised and destroyed at the end of the project.
  • No personal or traceable information will be collected.

At the end of the project, once the findings have been disseminated, the data collected in this survey will be destroyed.

If you would like any further information about this survey or the wider research project, please contact either:

  • Principal Investigator Prof Jonathan Leake (
  • Co-Investigator Prof Davey Jones (
  • Co-Investigator Dr Lydia Smith (
  • Co-Investigator Dr Lisa Norton (
  • Research Technician Ms Emily Cooledge (

If you would like to continue with the survey, please confirm you consent to this study using the box below. 

1.1. Do you consent to take part in this survey? Required