GS16: Rush infestation control supplement
Find out about eligibility and requirements for the rush infestation control supplement.
How much is paid
£73 per hectare (ha).
Where to use this supplement
Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier
- permanent grassland
- on a single parcel of land with continuous rush cover of more than 50% of the parcel
- only on a single parcel for a maximum of 3 years
Options to use with this supplement
This supplement must be used with 1 of the following options:
- GS2 - Permanent grassland with very low inputs (outside SDAs)
- GS5 - Permanent grassland with very low inputs in SDAs
- GS6 - Management of species rich grassland (Higher Tier only)
- GS7 - Restoration towards species rich grassland (Higher Tier only)
- GS9 - Management of wet grassland for breeding waders (Higher Tier only)
- GS10 - Management of wet grassland for wintering waders and wildfowl (Higher Tier only)
- GS13 - Management of grassland of target features (Higher Tier only)
- UP2 - Management of rough grazing for birds (Higher Tier only)
How this supplement will benefit the environment
This is a short-term incentive to reduce rush cover in parcels with heavy infestations. It will help prevent the loss of botanically rich grasslands or provide nesting areas for breeding wading birds.
- graze or cut areas of dense rush growth every year so that rushes are less than 20cm high by 30 September
- keep bare ground cover at less than 10% by year 2
- reduce cover of dense rush growth to less than 30% of the parcel area by the end of year 3 of the agreement
- cut rushes between 15 March and 15 July
Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:
- field operations at the parcel level, including associated invoices
- any sites grazed will require a grazing activity record
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 evidence:
- photographs of management undertaken
Applicants need to send a map and photographs showing the extent of rush cover with their application.
This supplement can be located on the same area as the following supplement:
Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this supplement
The following section gives advice on carrying out this option successfully, but does not form part of the requirements for this supplement.
The aim is to reduce heavy infestations of rushes to a cover below 30%. Cover should then be maintained at between 10% and 30%.
- ensure damage to nests or disturbance of chicks is avoided when cutting
- avoid controlling rush where there is standing or flowing water on or close to the surface for most of the year
- avoid cutting areas where rush is growing in association with sphagnum mosses
- graze with cattle, as sheep normally avoid grazing rush
- wherever possible, remove cuttings to prevent low growing plants being smothered
The following machines are most appropriate for rush cutting:
- a grass mower trailed by a tractor
- a pasture topper
- a forage harvester
Published: 2 April 2015
Updated: 10 March 2017
- Updated for 2017 applications.
- Information updated for applications in 2016.
- Update to 'keeping records' section.
- First published.