Guidance

Mid Tier and Offers for Wildlife manual for 1 January 2019 agreements: Countryside Stewardship

Scheme rules for holders of agreements that start on 1 January 2019.

Documents

Mid Tier and Offers for Wildlife manual manual for 1 January 2019 agreements

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Mid Tier options, supplements and capital items 2018

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Arable Offer: option descriptions and prescriptions guidance

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Lowland Grazing Offer: option and supplement descriptions and prescriptions guidance

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Mixed Farming Offer: option and supplement descriptions and prescriptions guidance

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Upland Offer: option and supplement descriptions and prescriptions guidance

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Details

Use the manual to understand the rules and conditions that apply to Mid Tier (including water quality capital items) and Offers for Wildlife agreements.

Use the options, supplements and capital items documents:

  • to understand the rules for each option, supplement and capital item
  • for advice on carrying out options, supplements and capital items

Use the Countryside Stewardship (CS) forms to support your agreement.

The manual has been designed with portrait and landscape pages. To make sure these print correctly, select ‘auto rotate’ in your printer settings before you print.

Overlap of CS options with Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs)

In 2018, you can overlap the following CS options with EFAs declared on your Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2018 application:

Your CS options that share land with BPS claims (known as ‘double funding’) will receive a reduced payment rate. You can find the rate in the page for each listed option, under ‘How much will be paid’, and in the manual (section 3.3.1).

From 1 January 2019, you will not be able to overlap the 18 CS ‘double funding’ options with EFAs declared for BPS. You can place the options and EFAs in the same land parcel but they cannot overlap.

You can include hedges in both CS options and EFAs without payment deductions.

Revenue claims

The deadline for Natural England to receive late revenue claims and amendments was 10 July 2018. Natural England will not accept any further revenue claims in 2018.

Published 21 December 2018