UP4: Management of moorland vegetation supplement

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the management of moorland vegetation supplement.

How much will be paid

£10 per hectare (ha).

Where to use this supplement

Available for Higher Tier

With the UP3 - Management of moorland option.

Only when land is within the moorland line and Severely Disadvantaged Areas (SDAs) and where one of the following is needed:

  • significant changes to vegetation management, to bring about favourable or recovering condition, or benefit priority habitats and species
  • introduction or reintroduction of rotational burning or cutting, to achieve favourable environmental condition

Where this supplement cannot be used

To support existing burning or cutting regimes, or minor modifications to them.

How this supplement will benefit the environment

It is for carrying out an appropriate programme of vegetation management to contribute to restoration and improvement in functionality of priority habitats such as dry heath, wet heath and blanket bog where significant changes to current management are required.

If successful there will be a significant change to burning and/or cutting management so that it is carried out to promote restoration of habitats. These changes will have created more diverse vegetation or opportunities for colonisation by key species such as Sphagnum. There will also be positive impacts on water quality, reduced erosion and enhanced carbon storage.

Requirements

Agreement holders are likely to need to follow a programme of management as agreed in UP3 - Management of moorland.

A wildfire risk assessment may be needed.

Keeping records

A valid Wildfire Risk Assessment and a Wildfire Response Plan (agreed with fire service) will be needed. For guidance and example plans see the Forestry Commission’s guide. Copies of the Wildfire Risk Assessment and, where required, the Wildfire Response Plan and Wildfire Management Plan will need to be submitted with the first claim.

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:

  • receipted invoices, consents or permissions connected with the work
  • records of vegetation management
  • a copy of a burning or cutting plan

Applicants will need to send the following with their application:

  • evidence of previous management to demonstrate the extent of changes proposed

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:

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

Pick the right site

This supplement should be used on deep peat (including blanket bog or other mires) and wet heath only when there is a clear need identified in a restoration plan. Do not burn these habitats unless specified as part of a restoration plan or as part of an agreed wildfire management plan.

It should not be used on montane habitats or where damage to woodland or environmentally valuable scrub may occur.

This supplement should not be used to support the rotational burning of purple moor-grass on wet heath, but cutting may be appropriate.

Taking care of historic or archaeological features

Sometimes these features may benefit from management that controls vegetation cover and in some cases burning is preferred to cutting. Avoid burning where heat may damage features such as boundary stones, or cutting where damage may be caused by machinery. Refer to the Management of Moorland option prescriptions and seek advice from the Natural England advisor. Do not cross historic or archaeological features with access routes for heavy machinery and vehicles.

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