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:
- CT1 - Management of coastal sand dunes and vegetated shingle
- CT2 - Creation of coastal sand dunes and vegetated shingle on arable land and improved grassland
- GS6 - Management of species-rich grassland
- GS7 - Restoration towards species-rich grassland
- GS8 - Creation of species-rich grassland
- GS9 - Management of wet grassland for breeding waders
- GS10 - Management of wet grassland for wintering waders and wildfowl
- GS11 - Creation of wet grassland for breeding waders
- GS12 - Creation of wet grassland for wintering waders and wildfowl
- GS13 - Management of grassland for target features
- GS14 - Creation of grassland for target features
- LH1 - Management of lowland heathland
- LH2 - Restoration of forestry and woodland to lowland heathland
- LH3 - Creation of heathland from arable or improved grassland
- UP2 - Management of rough grazing for birds
- UP3 - Management of moorland
- WT6 - Management of reedbed
- WT7 - Creation of reedbed
- WT8 - Management of fen
- WT9 - Creation of fen
- WT10 - Management of lowland raised bog
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
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:
- GS15 – Haymaking supplement
- GS16 – Rush infestation control supplement
- GS17 – Lenient grazing supplement
- SP2 - Raised water level supplement
- SP3 – Bracken control supplement
- SP4 – Control of invasive plant species supplement
- SP6 - Cattle grazing supplement
- SP7 - Introduction of cattle grazing on the Isles of Scilly
- SP8 - Native breeds at risk supplement
- SP9 - Threatened species supplement
- UP4 – Management of moorland vegetation supplement
- UP5 – Moorland re-wetting supplement
- UP6 – Upland livestock exclusion supplement
- WT12 – Wetland grazing supplement
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
See the Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.
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.