GS1: Take small areas out of management

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the take small areas out of management option.

How much will be paid

£365 per hectare (ha).

Where to use this option

Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier.

Whole and part parcel

Only on:

  • permanent grass
  • corners and small areas within permanent grassland fields

Where this option cannot be used

  • on historic or archaeological features identified in your HEFER or FER

How this option will benefit the environment

It creates year-round habitat and food for a range of wildlife.

If successful there will be tall grass tussocks with abundant flowering plants during the summer and dead seed heads throughout the winter.


  • only cut or graze 1 year in every 5
  • create a patch no more than 0.5ha in area

Do not:

  • use the option more than once in every 5ha of permanent grassland on the holding
  • locate the option next to another area under the same option
  • cut or graze all areas in the same year if there is more than 1 area
  • cut or graze during the bird breeding season 1 March to 31 August
  • apply any fertilisers or manures
  • apply any lime
  • use pesticides, except for herbicides to spot-treat or weed-wipe for the control of injurious weeds or invasive non-natives, nettles or bracken

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
  • stock records to show grazing activity on parcels

On your annual claim you will be asked to declare that you haven’t carried out any activities prohibited by the option requirements.

The following options and supplements can be located on the same area as this option:

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this option

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

Using the mosaic approach

Better results will be achieved when the areas of longer vegetation are scattered widely across a landscape and located close to other habitat features, in a mosaic approach.

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.