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.
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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.
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.