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The Rural Stewardship Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2001

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Regulation 8(1)

SCHEDULE 4RATES OF PAYMENT FOR ACTIVITIES

PART IMANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES

Column 1Column 2
ActivityRates of payment

1.1  Extensive management of mown grassland for birds.

£150 per hectare.

1.2  Management of open grazed grasslands for birds.

£100 per hectare.

1.3  Extensive management of mown grassland for corncrakes.

£190 per hectare.

1.4  Management of early and late cover for corncrakes.

£160 per hectare.

1.5  Management of wet grassland for waders.

£100 per hectare.

2.1  Management of species-rich grassland.

£100 per hectare.

2.2  Bracken eradication programme.

£25 per hectare for area of species-rich grassland identified for bracken eradication.

2.3  Creation and management of species-rich grassland.

£250 per hectare.

2.4  Management of coastal heath.

£80 per hectare.

2.5  Management of lowland heath.

£115 per hectare.

3.1  Management of wetland.

£100 per hectare.

3.2  Management of lowland raised bogs.

£70 per hectare.

3.3  Creation and management of wetland.

£250 per hectare.

3.4  Management of water margin.

£400 per hectare.

3.5  Management of flood plain.

£25 per hectare.

4.1  Moorland management.

£1 per hectare.

4.2  Stock disposal.

£45 per hectare of moorland.

4.3  Muirburn and heather swiping.

£11 per hectare for area of moorland to be burned/swiped in 10 years.

4.4  Bracken eradication programme.

£25 per hectare for area of moorland identified for bracken eradication.

5.1  Management of grass margin or beetlebank in arable fields.

£736 per hectare.

5.2  Management of conservation headlands.

£70 per hectare or if nitrogenous fertiliser is not applied, a premium payment of £150 per hectare.

5.3  Management of extended hedges.

£500 per hectare.

5.4  Management of hedgerows.

£10,000 per hectare (£1 per square metre).

6.1  Introduction or retention of extensive cropping.

£120 per hectare or for application of management regime for period of three years or more on same site, £140 per hectare.

6.2  Management of cropped machair.

£200 per hectare or where cultivation is combined with the traditional application of seaweed and/or dung, £240 per hectare.

6.3  Unharvested crops.

£600 per hectare.

7.1  Management of scrub (including tall herb communities).

£55 per hectare.

7.2  Management of native or semi-natural woodland.

£100 per hectare.

8.1  Management of a site of archaeological or historic interest.

£80 per 0.25 hectare or part thereof up to 1.5 hectares and £80 per hectare thereafter or for crop-marked area sown to grass, £320 per hectare.

9.1  Conservation management plan with special measures for small units.

a.£45 per hectare (in-bye); or

b.If a collective application covering a minimum of 4 crofts within the same crofting community, £55 per hectare (in-bye).

9.2  Retention or introduction of breeding cattle of native or traditional breed(s) in crofting areas (must be adopted in combination with prescription 9.1).

In addition to the aid payable under prescription 9.1–

a.

If the croft supports a herd of cattle of traditional or native breed(s) for the duration of participation in the scheme, £5 per hectare (in-bye); or

b.

If a herd of cattle of traditional or native breed(s) is introduced to the croft by the end of the first plan year and numbers of any sheep on the croft reduced to ensure no increase in overall stocking density, £290 per hectare (in-bye).

PART IICAPITAL ACTIVITIES

Column 1Column 2
ActivityRate of payment

1.  Bracken control – payment for primary treatment in year one or year two of a five year bracken eradication programme.

£120.00 per hectare.

2.  Rhododendron control.

£250.00 per hectare.

3.  Erection of–

(a)a stock fence;

£3.00 per metre.

(b)gate and posts;

£25.00 per metre.

(c)a single stile; or

£25.00 each.

(d)a double stile.

£45.00 each.

3—(e). Conversion of a stock fence to a deer fence.

£2.50 per metre.

3—(f). Erection of a scare or temporary force or rabbit proof netting.

£1.50 per metre.

3—(g). Erection of a deer fence.

£6.00 per metre.

3—(h). Erection of a deer fence marked to reduce bird collision.

£6.50 per metre.

3—(i). Dismantling of a deer fence.

£0.75 per metre.

3—(j). Erection of a post and rail fence as a tree for guard tree or as a water gate.

£7.00 per metre.

3—(k). Erection of a suitable fence to trap blowing sand and in-fill previously eroded dune areas.

£7.00 per metre.

4.  Building or restoration of traditional drystone or flagstone dykes or walls (including mortared walls).

£16.00 per square metre (total payments for dyking in any single application will be restricted to 35% of the total cost of the applicant’s approved scheme proposals, excluding stock disposal).

5.  Native species tree planting.

£1.50 each (small); and
£7.50 each (standard).

6.—a. Tree guard and stake.

£1.10 each.

b.Self supporting guard for hedge plants.

£0.50 each.

7.  Planting of marram grass.

£4.00 per square metre.

8.—a. Water trough.

£200.00 per trough.

b.Water pipe and trench.

£2.00 per metre.

9.  Planting, replanting, coppicing or laying of hedge (minimum of 6 plants per metre).

£4.00 per metre.

10.  Creation or restoration of a pond (maximum area of 2000 square metres).

£3.00 per square metre (up to 100 square metres); £1.50 per square metre (over 100 square metres).

11.  Sowing of species – rich grassland.

£400.00 per hectare.
Additional items for designed landscapes only

12.  Restoration of parkland gates piers, and/or ha has.

£17.50 per square metre.

13.  Amenity tree planting (exotic trees/standard trees).

£9.00 each.

14.  Post and rail fencing to protect parkland trees.

£9.00 per metre.

PART IIIRATES OF PAYMENT

Column 1Column 2
ActivityRates of payment

1.  Environmental audit.

(a)Small unit (up to and including 10 hectares) 75% of actual cost with minimum payment of £150 and a maximum payment of £225; and

(b)Other units (over 10 hectares) 50% of actual cost with a maximum payment of £300.

2.  Moorland management plan.

£1 for every hectare of moorland included in the plan subject to a minimum payment of £50 and a maximum payment of £500. A maximum payment of £600 may be paid when the moorland management plan relates to common grazings.

PART IVLIMITS (APPLYING TO THE WHOLE IACS BUSINESS)

1.  Conservation management.

The full management payment will be made for areas of in-bye land of up to 100 hectares managed under the scheme prescriptions and in addition for areas of up to 1000 hectares of rough grazings (including moorland). For common grazings, the full management payment for prescriptions will be made on up to 2000 hectares. However, where these limits are exceeded all management payments for prescriptions relating to in bye land, rough grazings (including moorland), or common grazings, as applicable, will be scaled back to 80%.

2.  Stock disposal.

Stock disposal payments may be made on no more than 250 hectares of moorland (each ewe disposed of is deemed to benefit 0.8 hectare of moorland).

3.  Capital items.

Total payments for dyking in any single application will be restricted to 35% of the total cost of the applicant’s approved scheme proposals (excluding stock disposal).

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