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Countryside Management Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001

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Regulations 3(4)(c) and 7(1)

SCHEDULE 4Management Activities (Optional Habitats)

Column (1)Column (2)
ActivityMaximum Payment Rate

1.  In relation to arable lands managed for wildlife—

(a)retention of winter stubble;

£50 per hectare per annum.

(b)conversion of improved land to spring cereals or oil seed rape;

£90 per hectare per annum.

(c)establishment of wild bird cover crop on improved land;

£500 per hectare per annum.

(d)establishment of wild bird cover crop on arable land;

£490 per hectare per annum.

(e)creation of a rough grass field margin;

£515 per hectare per annum.

(f)establishment of a conservation crop margin.

£100 per hectare per annum.

2.  In relation to winter feeding sites for migratory swans and geese—

(a)management of improved land for winter feeding of migratory swans and geese of 5 hectares or less;

£110 per hectare per annum.

(b)management of improved land for winter feeding of migratory swans and geese over 5 hectares and up to and including 25 hectares;

£55 per hectare per annum.

(c)management of improved land for winter feeding of migratory swans and geese over 25 hectares;

£25 per hectare per annum.

(d)management of arable land for winter feeding of migratory swans and geese of 5 hectares or less;

£195 per hectare per annum.

(e)management of arable land for winter feeding of migratory swans and geese over 5 hectares and up to and including 25 hectares;

£95 per hectare per annum.

(f)management of arable land for winter feeding of migratory swans and geese over 25 hectares.

£45 per hectare per annum.

3.  In relation to lapwing breeding sites—

(a)management of improved land for lapwing breeding;

£160 per hectare per annum.

(b)management of unimproved land for lapwing breeding.

£130 per hectare per annum.

4.  In relation to traditional orchards—

(a)restoration of traditional orchards eligible for restoration;

£260 per hectare per annum.

(b)recreation of traditional orchards eligible for recreation.

£380 per hectare per annum.

5.  In relation to buffer strips adjacent to an Area of Special Scientific Interest, National Nature Reserve, Natura 2000 site, watercourse, lake or woodland—

(a)management of a buffer strip on improved land;

£385 per hectare per annum.

(b)management of a buffer strip on unimproved land.

£345 per hectare per annum.

6.  In relation to heather regeneration—

(a)burning of heather;

£60 per hectare per annum.

(b)flailing of heather.

£45 per hectare per annum.

7.  In relation to bracken—

(a)control of bracken by tractor spraying;

£140 per hectare per annum.

(b)control of bracken by knapsack spraying.

£220 per hectare per annum.

8.  In relation to rhododendron—

  • control of rhododendron.

£390 per hectare per annum.

9.  In relation to scrub—

  • control of scrub.

£95 per hectare per annum.

10.  In relation to restoration of field boundaries—

(a)restoring 5 metres of field boundaries per hectare per year;

£40 per hectare per annum.

(b)restoring 10 metres of field boundaries per hectare per year.

£80 per hectare per annum.

11.  In relation to provision of native trees—

provision of native trees for areas less than 0.2 hectares.£750 per hectare per annum.

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