Management options and capital items

Date published: 27 January, 2017

For recent changes to this guidance, please see the bottom of the page.

Important updates
Please note that the list of options targeted on your land in 2017 may differ slightly from those available to you in 2016. This is because the spatial targeting maps have changed for some options.

Revised spatial targeting maps

Additionally, for some options, there is the ability to undertake activities, generally not permitted, if you have prior approval, e.g. do not apply lime, unless you have prior approval.

In general, prior approval is only granted in exceptional circumstances, for example, when the case is made that an activity is required to maintain or enhance biodiversity value. The AECS contract provides the prior approval and it is up to the Case officer to assess if the activity proposed is acceptable. Justification will need to be provided as part of the application.

You may wish to discuss the activity proposed before submission, to ensure that it is appropriate. Otherwise, there is a risk that the case officer will not approve it.

As all the activities requiring prior approval are slight deviations from the option management requirements, if approval is not granted, it will result in you having to adhere to all management requirements as they stand, or removing the option from your application.

If, by removing the option, there is a significant change to the scale and value of the application, there is a risk that the whole application will be rejected.

Please use the Targeting tool to check which options are available on your holding.

You must enter all location codes separately for all holdings that form part of your farm business and which you wish to include in your AECS application. Some options may only be available on some holdings.

A wide range of management options and capital items are available under the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme.

There are rules and management requirements for each and they must be followed over the course of your contract.

For all arable options, the spatial targeting maps include the entire upland area. This is to allow for arable activity on the in-bye in these areas, it does not mean all the upland area is eligible for these options.

Only land which meets the individual option eligibility requirements can be entered for the option. For example, you cannot apply for Wild bird seed for Farmland Birds on rough grazing. If you have any queries, please contact your local RPID or SNH office.

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Also, supporting information is available which provides recommendations and best practice in relation to the why, where, how and what for each option and capital item. Your application could gain additional points if you follow these.

Arable options

Grassland options

Upland, peatland, moorland and heath options

Wetland and bog options

Farmland habitat and feature options

Small unit options

Control of invasive non-native species options

Managing water quality and flood risk options

Organic options

Public access options

All capital items

Management of Scheduled Monuments

Section Change
Important updatesLink to new spatial targeting maps added and guidance regarding prior approval added

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