SP9: Threatened species supplement

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the threatened species supplement.

How much will be paid

£120 per hectare (ha).

Where to use this supplement

In Mid Tier this option can only be used with approval from Natural England, and only to support management for brown hairstreak butterfly or corn bunting.

Only in combination with a land management option where either:

  • at least one priority species is present on the site
  • the site can be managed to create the right conditions to allow the introduction, re-colonisation or range extension of a named priority species

Use of the supplement needs to have written support from a species specialist for the work.

Where this supplement cannot be used

For any work within the scope of standard options or capital items.


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

If the work is specified in an Implementation Plan or Feasibility Study that Natural England has approved, send a copy of the approved plan or study with the application.

Applicants will need to send the following with their application:

  • priority species specialist report

This supplement can be located on the same area as all other supplements except:

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this supplement

For corn bunting, the strip or block of unharvested cereal headland should be at least 24m wide, and should be re-established in the same location for at least 3 years. It should ideally be located within 200m of either AB8 Flower rich margins or AB1 Nectar flower mix.

For brown hairstreak, hedges should be cut on a 3-5 year rotation, with no more than a third of any hedgerow being cut in any one year. Allow suckering blackthorn to develop in sheltered, warm areas.

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.