How much will be paid
£501 per hectare (ha).
If used as Ecological Focus Area (EFA): £73 per ha.
Where to use this option
Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier
Only on arable land next to ponds.
Where this option cannot be used
- on historic or archaeological features
- around ponds associated with industrial features such as effluent ponds, balancing ponds or small water supply reservoirs
- from 1 January 2019, on land already receiving funding for Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) declared for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)
How it benefits the environment
It protects ponds from nutrient leaching and runoff. This will maintain and enhance water quality and wildlife.
If successful there will be:
- a grassy strip with a mix of grasses, flowering plants, scrub and trees
- a decrease in the amount of sediment and nutrient entering the pond
- establish or maintain a 10m to 20m wide buffer strip next to the pond in the first 12 months of the agreement
- let tussocky grass and low scrub develop
- only cut to control the spread of woody growth
- let scrub develop on more than half of the pond margin - the southern side of the pond needs to remain open
- use pesticides, except for herbicides to weed-wipe or spot-treat for the control of injurious weeds, invasive non-native species, nettles or bracken
- apply any fertilisers or manures
- cut between 1 March and 31 August
Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:
- 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.
You should also be aware that at the start of each claim year, a percentage of agreement holders will be asked to take and submit the following photographic records:
- photographs of the strips
These options and supplements can be located on the same area as this option:
See the Mid Tier manual or Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.