Contak seeks to do this by running a service which facilitates the availability and use of specialist machines, tools and equipment likely to be required by land managers engaged in nature conservation work and environmentally sensitive agricultural operations.
The rationale for this type of service is a development of the co-operative approach to machinery purchase and hire that many agricultural machinery rings operate under. It is hoped that by making available, and promoting, details of surplus resources (machines, equipment, tools and labour) both provider and user will benefit financially. The owner, or provider, will earn income to help cover the cost of purchase, upkeep and depreciation; and the user can access specialist resources without having to consider capital outlay.
The Common Agricultural Policy and agri-environment scheme reforms that are coming in over the next few years will also bring many more land managers into environmental management work. contak is a new, ambitious but logical extension of the conservation community's newfound togetherness.