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Scottish Statutory Instruments

2004 No. 113

AGRICULTURE

The Countryside Premium Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004

Made

10th March 2004

Laid before the Scottish Parliament

10th March 2004

Coming into force

31st March 2004

The Scottish Ministers, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 98(1) and (2) of the Environment Act 1995(1) and of all other powers enabling them in that behalf, hereby make the following Regulations:

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Countryside Premium Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 and shall come into force on 31st March 2004.

Amendment of the Countryside Premium Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 1997

2.—(1) The Countryside Premium Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 1997(2) are amended in accordance with this regulation.

(2) In Schedule 2 (management activities), in the third column (management requirements)–

(a)for item 1.d. substitute–

d.Fertiliser, slurry or farmyard manure must not be applied to the field after 31st May except with the consent of the Scottish Ministers; and;

(b)for item 2.a. substitute–

a.(i)Livestock must be excluded from the site for a period of not less than 3 months between 15th April and 15th August; or

(ii)where the particular conservation interest of the site would not be met by this requirement, a livestock management and grazing regime, as set out in a grazing plan to be agreed in advance with the Scottish Ministers, must be implemented;;

(c)for item 2.b. substitute–

  • After the period referred to in item 2.a.(i) the grass must be grazed down or cut; and;

(d)for item 3.b. substitute–

b.A programme, agreed in advance with the Scottish Ministers, to establish a new sward, must be implemented. The programme may include measures to reduce fertility and address weed problems;;

(e)for item 3.c. substitute–

c.Except during years 1 to 3 of the relevant period, the site must not be mown or grazed between 15th April and 15th August. During years 1 to 3, on fertile sites, mowing, with disposal of cuttings, may be necessary. In such cases, mowing may be permitted after 1st July with the consent of the Scottish Ministers;;

(f)for item 4.b. substitute–

b.(i)Grazing must not exceed 0.15 livestock units per hectare for 6 months from 1st April; or

(ii)where the particular conservation interest of the site would not be met by this requirement, a livestock management and grazing regime, as set out in a grazing plan to be agreed in advance with the Scottish Ministers, must be implemented;;

(g)for item 5.b. substitute–

b.The site must not be mown or grazed for a period of not less than 3 months between 15th April and 15th August after which rank growth must be controlled. On fertile sites, where practicable, mowing may be permitted, with disposal of cuttings, between 15th April and 15th August with the consent of the Scottish Ministers;;

(h)for item 5.c. substitute–

  • Outwith the period referred to in item 5.b. grazing must not exceed an annual average of 1.4 livestock units per hectare;;

(i)after item 6.d. insert–

e.Mowing of the site, with disposal of cuttings, may be permitted with the consent of the Scottish Ministers where necessary to control rank vegetation of low conservation value.;

(j)for item 8.b. substitute–

b.The site must be grazed between 1st September and 30th November at a level only sufficient to remove rank growth and lightly crop any dwarf shrubs; any grazing should not exceed 1.2 livestock units per hectare;;

(k)for item 11.b. substitute–

b.Subject to item 11.e., the strip must not be grazed;;

(l)for item 11.d. substitute–

d.Scrub control and the use of pesticides may be permitted with the consent of the Scottish Ministers;;

(m)after item 11.d. insert–

e.Grazing of the strip after harvest is permissible provided the average height of vegetation in the strip is not taken below 100mm;

f.A sterile strip not exceeding 0.5 metre in width may be created and maintained by rotavator and herbicide along the inner edge of the grass margin.;

(n)for item 15.b. substitute–

b.Hedges must be trimmed between 1st December and the last day in February. After the hedge has been trimmed, it must not be trimmed again for at least 3 years;; and

(o)for item 16.a. substitute–

a.Livestock must be excluded from the land except with the consent of the Scottish Ministers. Such consent will only be given in circumstances that will encourage regeneration of woodland or understorey, and will be given no more than once every 3 years;.

ALLAN WILSON

Authorised to sign by the Scottish Ministers

Pentland House, Edinburgh

10th March 2004

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Countryside Premium Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 1997 (“the principal Regulations”). These Regulations extend to Scotland only.

The principal Regulations provide for payment of a grant in respect of an undertaking to follow the general environmental conditions set out in Schedule 1 to the principal Regulations and to carry out at least one of either the management activities set out in Schedule 2 to the principal Regulations or the capital activities set out in Schedule 3 to the principal Regulations.

These Regulations amend the management requirements in Schedule 2 to the principal Regulations in respect of certain management activities. Those management activities are management of grassland for birds; management and creation of species–rich grassland; management and creation of wetland; management of water–margin; management of coastal heath; creation of grass–margin or beetlebank; creation of extended hedge; and management of scrub (regulation 2(2)(a) to (o)).

No Regulatory Impact Assessment has been carried out in respect of these Regulations.

(1)

1995 c. 25. Section 98(1) was amended by the Scotland Act 1998 (Consequential Modifications) (No. 2) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/1820), Schedule 2, paragraph 120(7). See section 98(5) for the definition of “the appropriate Minister”. The functions of the Secretary of State were transferred to the Scottish Ministers by virtue of section 53 of the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46).

(2)

S.I. 1997/330.

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