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The Rural Stewardship Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2001

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Regulation 3(2)(a)

SCHEDULE 1GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

PART ITHE STANDARD OF GOOD FARMING PRACTICE

1.  On rough grazings, unimproved grassland, reverted improved grassland, machair and dune grassland, wetlands and native, amenity or semi-natural woodlands, livestock must be managed to avoid either overgrazing or undergrazing.

2.  The removal or clearance of drystone or flagstone dykes or walls, hedges and hedgerow trees will not be permitted except with the prior written agreement of the Scottish Ministers.

3.  No hedge trimming may be carried out in the period 1st March to 31st July.

4.  Scottish Natural Heritage must be notified of any intended operations that are likely to damage any site of special scientific interest on the land.

5.  If a new silage or slurry storage facility is constructed on the land, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency must be notified before it is used.

6.  Prior authorisation must be obtained from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency before any sheep dip is disposed of on the land.

PART IIGENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

1.  To avoid damage to the environmental interest of rough grazings, unimproved grassland, reverted improved grassland, machair and dune grassland, wetlands and native, amenity or semi-natural woodlands, new drainage works, ploughing, clearing, levelling, re-seeding or cultivating may not be undertaken. Livestock must be managed to avoid poaching.

2.  Pesticides, lime or fertiliser (including farmyard manure and slurry) must not be applied to rough grazings, unimproved pasture, reverted improved grassland, machair and dune grassland, wetlands, water margins, native, amenity or semi natural woodlands and scrub, except in exceptional circumstances and only with the prior written agreement of the Scottish Ministers.

3.  Injurious weeds to which the Weeds Act 1959(1) applies must be controlled to prevent their spread and to avoid the risk of damage to the environmental interest of any habitat or feature on the unit.

4.  Muirburn may only be carried out in accordance with guidance approved by the Scottish Ministers.

5.  The damage or destruction of any of historic or archaeological features or areas must be avoided and guidance approved by the Scottish Ministers must be followed for the protection of such features or areas.

6.  Guidance approved by the Scottish Ministers must be followed for the avoidance of pollution.

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