Rural and countryside


  • Make or update a rural payments claim

    Update your details with the Rural Payments Agency to keep claiming payments for your farm land

  • Owning a boat

    Check what safety requirements and insurance are needed to use a boat on UK rivers, canals, or at sea - boat safety certificates, safety regulations and equipment, disposing of old flares

  • Rights of way and accessing land

    Rights of way and right to roam - access rights of way, open access and permissive access land, use common lands, the Countryside Code, report problems

  • Register a boat

    Register or license a boat for use on the UK's inland waterways or at sea - which authority to register with, the UK Ship Register and Small Ships Register, penalties and fines

  • Find protected areas of countryside

    Find protected areas, check if your business or home is near one and what environmental restrictions apply

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Guidance and regulation

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News and communications

  1. National Drought Group – Chairman’s Statement – September 2018
  2. Grass greener, but rain needed to reduce drought-risk for 2019
  3. Appointments to National Park and AONB boards
  4. New outreach centre launched to help boost wildlife
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Research and statistics

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Policy and engagement

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