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The Common Agricultural Policy Direct Payments and Support Schemes (Cross Compliance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014

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Retention of landscape features

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9.—(1) A farmer must prevent encroachment by invasive species.

(2) Sub paragraph (1) does not require a farmer to take any particular measure to prevent the encroachment by invasive species where taking such a measure conflicts with the management required of Areas of Special Scientific Interest, Special Protection Areas, Special Areas of Conservation, or archaeological sites.

(3) Except with the prior written approval of the Department, a farmer shall not permit the removal of any landscape feature including the infilling of any open sheugh or ditch or the laying of a drainage pipe in any open sheugh or ditch.

(4) Where a farmer has received permission from the Department to remove a landscape feature the farmer shall carry out any mitigating action in the written approval within the deadline specified therein.

(5) Sub paragraph (3) does not apply in the case of a hedgerow where there are health and safety reasons for hedgerow removal unless a Tree Preservation Order is in place in relation to that hedgerow;

(6) Sub paragraph (3) does not apply in the case of a permanently dry sheugh or ditch or a field boundary within, or marking the boundary of non-agricultural land.

(7) A farmer shall ensure that any archaeological site found on his land is retained without impairment.

(8) A farmer shall not permit the carrying out of hedge, tree or scrub cutting, trimming, or laying between 1st March and 31st August, except where this is necessary for health and safety reasons.

(9) A farmer shall ensure that no supplementary feeding site or sacrifice area is located within 10 metres of an archaeological site.

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