WD9: Livestock exclusion supplement - scrub and successional areas

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the livestock exclusion supplement - scrub and successional areas supplement.

How much will be paid

£121 per hectare (ha).

Where to use this supplement

Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier

It can be used whole or part parcel

Only when combined with:

Only on land:

  • containing mostly native species of trees and scrubs

Where this supplement cannot be used

  • for woodlands with an existing scheme to exclude livestock

How this supplement will benefit the environment

It helps scrub to develop through natural regeneration.

If successful there will be:

  • more scrub growing close to grassland, woodland and other habitats
  • birds and invertebrates using the scrub
  • less soil erosion in scrub areas
  • reduced floods in scrub areas


  • keep livestock from the agreed area at all times
  • submit an annual return to confirm that no livestock have grazed land under this supplement

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

An annual declaration on your claim form will be required to confirm that no stock have grazed land under this option.

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this supplement

The following section gives advice on carrying out this supplement successfully but does not form part of the requirements for this supplement.

Once scrub has established, grazing can usually be re-introduced. This supplement may not be needed for the full duration of the agreement.

Further information

See the Mid Tier manual or Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 10 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated for 2017 applications.
  2. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  3. First published.