This supplement would normally be used in subsequent years, as a follow-up to these items.
How this supplement will benefit the environment
It controls the spread of, or removes, existing dense stands of bracken. This will maintain or restore biodiversity value and protect archaeological sites.
If successful the underlying vegetation will develop and spread, and will develop a diverse mosaic structure and composition, including undisturbed bare ground and varied vegetation types.
Successfully managing the remaining vegetation (usually by grazing or cutting) will reduce the chances of bracken spreading back. Locally characteristic plant communities and the species they support will expand or even colonise the site.
Agreement holders are likely to need to:
control bracken so that cover is reduced to a set proportion by a set date
only carry out chemical control on specifically identified areas
use temporary grazing controls to protect vegetation regeneration
graze to break up litter beds and damage young fronds to offer extra bracken control
control any re-infestation during the term of the agreement
carry out specific follow up cutting or grazing management tailored to their site
Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:
stock records to show grazing activity on parcels
consents or permissions connected with this work
field operations at the parcel level, including associated invoices
On your annual claim you will be asked to declare that you haven’t carried out any activities prohibited by the option requirements.
Applicants will need to send the following with their application:
a map of the extent of bracken
the Environment Agency’s consent if this is within a water catchment area
The detailed requirements for this supplement will be tailored to the Higher Tier site. Applicants should discuss and agree these requirements with their adviser.
This supplement can be located on the same area as the following supplements: