Applications for Higher Tier closed on 1 May 2020.
Use the manual to understand:
- the payments you could receive and how this scheme benefits the environment
- eligibility requirements
- the rules and conditions
- to understand the rules for the options, supplements and capital items
- for advice on how to carry them out.
Use the conversion guidance if:
- youre in the final year of an Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreement and want to put the land into a Higher Tier agreement
- theres a risk of environmental decline to a site caused by loss of management between the end of your ES agreement and the start of a Higher Tier agreement.
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Overlap of Countryside Stewardship (CS) options with Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) in 2020
You can no longer overlap the following CS options with EFAs declared on your Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2020 application:
- AB1 Nectar flower mix
- AB3 Beetle banks
- AB4 Skylark plots
- AB5 Nesting plots for lapwing and stone curlew
- AB6 Enhanced overwinter stubble
- AB8 Flower rich margins and plots
- AB9 Winter bird food
- AB11 Cultivated areas for arable plants
- AB15 Two year sown legume fallow
- AB16 Autumn sown bumblebird mix
- HS2 Take historic and archaeological features out of cultivation
- OP2 Organic wild bird seed mixture
- SW1 4 to 6 metre buffer strip on cultivated land
- SW3 In-field grass strips
- SW4 12 to 24 metre watercourse buffer strips on cultivated land
- SW6 Winter cover crops
- SW12 Making space for water
- WD3 Woodland edges on arable land
- WT2 Buffering in-field ponds and ditches on arable land
This is to avoid funding the same activity on the same land parcel under both CS and BPS, known as double funding. You can c