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Wildlife Offers: Countryside Stewardship

Offers to help farmers and land managers protect wildlife and preserve the environment: find out about funding, benefits and how to apply.

The application deadline has been extended from 31 July to 31 August 2018. If you did not request an application pack by 31 May 2018, you will not be able to apply this year.

These new Countryside Stewardship Offers are open for applications:

  • Arable Offer
  • Lowland Grazing Offer
  • Mixed Farming Offer
  • Upland Offer

How the Offers work

Each Offer has a set of options and minimum requirements. You need to meet these requirements to be eligible for funding. You’ll get a 5 year agreement with annual payments if you submit a valid application. Each option has a specific wildlife benefit and its own payment rate.

You need a Single Business Identifier (SBI) reference number to apply. You’ll have an SBI if you’ve registered as a customer with the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

You’re limited to one application for each SBI you have for this round of Wildlife Offers.

How the Offers benefit the environment

They support wildlife by creating:

  • sources of nectar and pollen for insect pollinators
  • winter food for seed-eating birds
  • improved habitats, especially for farmland birds and pollinators

Find out about each Offer and how to apply

Use the following information to:

  • see if you’re eligible
  • find the options that best suit your land
  • check the payment rates
  • see the agreement requirements
Published 15 January 2018
Last updated 27 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Application deadline extended to 31 August 2018.
  2. Deadline to request an application pack has passed.
  3. First published.