WT2: Buffering in-field ponds and ditches on arable land

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the buffering in-field ponds and ditches on arable land option.

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

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

Do not:

  • 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

Keeping records

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

Applicants will need to send the following with their application:

  • photographs of the pond
  • map indicating the location of pond

These options and supplements can be located on the same area as this option:

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