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The Common Agricultural Policy (Integrated Administration and Control System and Enforcement and Cross Compliance) (Wales) Regulations 2014

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Establishment of buffer strips along water courses

1.—(1) Manufactured nitrogen fertiliser must not be spread within 2 metres of surface water.

(2) Plant Protection Products must not be applied within 2 metres of surface water other than to control invasive non-native species and only where a permit has been granted in accordance with the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986(1).

(3) Organic manure must not be spread within 10 metres of surface water unless precision spreading equipment is used, in which case organic manure must not be spread within 6 metres of surface water.

(4) Livestock manure (other than slurry and poultry manure) may be spread in the areas covered by sub-paragraphs (1), (2) and (3) if—

(a)it is spread on land managed for breeding wader birds or as a species-rich semi-natural grassland and the land is—

(i)notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981; or

(ii)subject to an agri-environment commitment entered into under the Rural Development Regulation;

(b)it is spread between 1 June and 31 October, both dates inclusive;

(c)it is not spread directly on to surface water; and

(d)the total annual amount does not exceed 12.5 tonnes per hectare.

(5) Organic manure must not be spread within 50 metres of a borehole, spring or well.

(6) Sites where supplementary feeding for livestock is provided must not be located within 10 metres of a watercourse on any land.

(7) For the purposes of this paragraph—

“livestock” (“da byw”) means cattle, chickens, deer, ducks, goats, horses, ostriches, pigs, sheep and turkeys;

“manufactured nitrogen fertiliser” (“gwrtaith nitrogen a weithgynhyrchwyd”) means any nitrogen fertiliser (other than organic manure) manufactured by an industrial process;

“nitrogen fertiliser” (“gwrtaith nitrogen”) means any substance containing one or more nitrogen compounds used on land to enhance growth of vegetation and includes organic manure;

“organic manure” (“tail organig”) means any nitrogen fertiliser or phosphate fertiliser derived from animal, plant or human sources and includes livestock manure;

“precision spreading equipment” (“cyfarpar taenu manwl”) means a trailing shoe, dribble bar or injector system;

“phosphate fertiliser” (“gwrtaith ffosffad”) means any substance containing one or more phosphorous compounds used on land to enhance growth of vegetation and includes organic manure;

“poultry” (“dofednod”) means chickens, ducks, ostriches and turkeys;

“slurry” (“slyri”) means excreta produced by livestock (other than poultry) while in a yard or building (including any bedding, rainwater or washings mixed in with it) that has a consistency that allows it to be pumped, or discharged by gravity (in the case of excreta separated into its liquid and solid fraction, the slurry is the liquid fraction);

“spread” (“taenu”) includes the application to the surface of the land, injection into the land or mixing with the surface layers of the land but does not include the direct deposit of excreta on to land by animals.

(1)

S.I. 1986/1510; amended by S.I. 1997/188; there are other amendments but none is relevant.

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