SP5: Shepherding supplement

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the shepherding supplement.

How much will be paid

£7 per hectare (ha)

Where to use this supplement

Available for Higher Tier


Only on land where shepherding needs to be introduced, reintroduced or where significant changes to current practices are needed. It must be combined with one of the following options:

How this supplement will benefit the environment

If successful there will be:

  • improvements in the quality of vegetation
  • overgrazing reduced in some areas and increased in others
  • better habitats for birds, mammals and insects
  • less damage to archaeological features and vulnerable soils and less poaching (trampling)
  • more suitable conditions for threatened species to thrive
  • improved visibility of historic and archaeological features


  • keep records of shepherding or herding activities on the agreed area

Keeping records

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

  • shepherding calendar submitted annually with the claim

You should 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 management undertaken

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 location

Only use this supplement in areas where it has been agreed with Natural England that shepherding is needed to help improve the option land.

Use mineral licks or supplementary feed in agreed locations to help with stock management

Do not use this supplement where:

  • boundaries are not proofed against livestock and they cannot be controlled effectively
  • there is little or no shepherding available in the area
  • the site is not grazed
  • there is already a local practice, custom or regulation in place for shepherding

Further information

See the 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.