Search Legislation

The Rural Development Contracts (Rural Priorities) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 4) Regulations 2009

Status:

This is the original version (as it was originally made).

Regulation 7

SCHEDULE 1Option, Activities and Eligibility Conditions and Rates of Payment

This schedule has no associated Executive Note
78.Controlled livestock grazing(1)  This is a five year commitment.£87 per hectare per year
of woodland(2)  A beneficiary is eligible for payment under this option if the beneficiary
(a)has an area of semi-natural native woodlands of at least 10 hectare; or
(b)has an area of semi-natural native woodlands designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest; or
(c)has an area of Plantation on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) of at least 5 hectares that are actively being restored to native woodland; and
(3)(a)implements a sustainable grazing management regime on that land, tailored to individual woodlands to reflect woodland type, grazing history and specific site management objectives;
(b)submits an adaptive grazing management plan, agreed with Scottish Ministers. The plan must: include a site appropriate grazing regime determined by using the “Woodland Grazing Toolbox”(1);
describing the expected environmental impact of livestock grazing; and taking account of the impact of grazing by wild deer.
(c)provides evidence to support the adoption of a grazing management regime with the proposal for aid.
(d)undertakes the following commitments:
(i)Manages livestock in accordance with the agreed grazing management plan;
(ii)Adjusts the livestock grazing regime only in line with the results of the site monitoring requirements detailed within the plan;
(iii)Implements a deer management plan agreed by the Deer Commission for Scotland;
(iv)Manages the grazing of the woodland to maintain an appropriate balance between open ground, regenerating trees, scrub and closed canopy woodland;
(v)Undertakes periodic monitoring (normally two times per year) and records the impact of the grazing regime in respect of the site specific objectives;
(vi)Avoids excessive poaching by stock;
(vii)Does not apply pesticides, lime, artificial fertiliser, farmyard manure or slurry to the site except that herbicides may be applied to control injurious weeds under the Weeds Act 1959 and/or non-native invasive plant species using a weed wiper, spot treatment or hand sprayer;
(viii)Undertakes supplementary feeding of stock only when it is required to deliver the conservation objectives;
(ix)Manages the trees in accordance with the silvicultural system for the woodland specified and agreed in the grazing management plan;
(x)Does not install new drainage or modify/improve existing drainage systems. Existing drains can be maintained;
(xi)In upland areas where relevant to Capercaillie and Black Grouse marks all new fences with bird strike markers.
(1)

is available at http:/beatsdesign.co.uk/projects/woodland

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

Close

Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made): The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.

Close

Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once

Close

Executive Note

Executive Note sets out a brief statement of the purpose of a Scottish Statutory Instrument and provides information about its policy objective and policy implications. They aim to make the Scottish Statutory Instrument accessible to readers who are not legally qualified and accompany any Scottish Statutory Instrument or Draft Scottish Statutory Instrument laid before the Scottish Parliament from July 2005 onwards.

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources
Close

More Resources

Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as made version that was used for the print copy
  • correction slips

Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including:

  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • links to related legislation and further information resources