How much will be paid
£300 per crossing.
Where to use this item
Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier
Only in areas targeted to reduce water pollution from agriculture
Where this item cannot be used
- where there are environmental, archaeological or historic features identified on the Farm Environment Record (FER), the Environmental Information Map or the HEFER
- without relevant advice or consents from the Environment Agency or Local Planning Authority
How this item will benefit the environment
Providing a watercourse crossing for livestock and machinery will reduce the disturbance to the watercourse, which will help reduce sedimentation.
Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:
- any consents or permissions connected with the work
- receipted invoices, or bank statements where a receipted invoice is unavailable
- please see the record keeping and inspection requirements as set out in the Mid Tier manual for more detail
Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them with the claim:
- photographs of the site during the different stages of construction or contracts, invoices or other documents confirming the technical specification for the completed works
- photographs of the completed works in place and installed
Applicants must obtain Flood Defence Consent on a main river and contact the the local planning authority about the plans before applying for this item. Applicants will have to send the following with their application:
- a copy of any advice or consent received from the EA or the local planning authority
- photographs of the existing site
This item can be used on the same area as the FG15 - Water gates item.
Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this item
The following section gives advice on carrying out this item successfully but does not form part of the requirements for this item.
How to choose a location
It is generally best to build watercourse crossing points at existing stock crossing locations, as the banks are usually less steep.
Agreement holders should choose a site that needs the minimum amount of excavation work. This will produce less spoil, cause less disruption and reduce the amount of sediment entering the watercourse.
The crossing should not be constructed on a watercourse bend, as this can lead to silt deposition on the inside of the bend and erosion on the outside.
Further information about watercourse crossings is available from the Rivers Trust.
Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) operates in parts of the country where there are water quality issues linked to farming. The scheme provides farmers with free advice and training. See guidance for further information on CSF support.
See the Mid Tier manual or Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.