Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2010 (NE226)
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Section 3 - Detail of compulsory requirements, options and points allocations

3.1    Introduction to the ELS compulsory requirements and options

To join ELS you must make a commitment to carry out certain environmental management options, on your eligible land, which you can choose from a wide-ranging menu. Each option is worth a certain number of points per unit of: area (eg buffer strip options); length (eg hedge management options) or number (eg in-field tree options). If you agree to deliver enough ELS points on your ELS eligible land to meet (or exceed) your points target you will be guaranteed entry into the scheme. Table 4 below is a list of all the ELS compulsory requirements and management options with their corresponding points allocations. Details about each requirement and option can be found in Section 3.2, after the summary table.

Each requirement and option has a unique code. All the ELS codes start with an E; the second letter denotes the land management type that the option belongs to, eg options for arable are given the letters EF.

There are several new options for you to choose from. They are highlighted in Table 4. Many of the existing options have been amended following a review of the scheme in 2007/8.

Table 4 Summary table of ELS compulsory requirements, options and points available

Code Options Units Points
Compulsory Requirements
EA1 Farm Environment Record ha 3
B Options for boundary features
EB1 Hedgerow management on both sides of a hedge 100 m 22
EB2 Hedgerow management on one side of a hedge 100 m 11
EB3 Enhanced hedgerow management 100 m 42
EB4 Stone-faced hedgebank management on both sides 100 m 16
EB5 Stone-faced hedgebank management on one side 100 m 8
EB6 Ditch management 100 m 24
EB7 Half ditch management 100 m 8
EB8 Combined hedge and ditch management (incorporating EB1 Hedgerow management) 100 m 38
EB9 Combined hedge and ditch management (incorporating EB2 Hedgerow management) 100 m 26
EB10 Combined hedge and ditch management (incorporating EB3 Enhanced hedgerow management) 100 m 56
EB11 Stone wall protection and maintenance 100 m 15
EB12 Earth bank management on both sides NEW in 2010  100 m 14
EB13 Earth bank management on one side NEW in 2010  100 m 7
C Options for trees and woodland
EC1 Protection of in-field trees on arable land tree 16
EC2 Protection of in-field trees on grassland tree 11
EC3 Maintenance of woodland fences 100 m 4
EC4 Management of woodland edges ha 380
EC23 Establishment of hedgerow trees by tagging NEW in 2010  tree 1
EC24 Hedgerow tree buffer strips on cultivated land NEW in 2010  ha 400
EC25 Hedgerow tree buffer strips on grassland NEW in 2010  ha 400
D Options for historic and landscape features
ED1 Maintenance of weatherproof traditional farm buildings 2
ED2 Take out of cultivation archaeological features currently on cultivated land ha 460
ED3 Reduced-depth, non-inversion cultivation on archaeological features (minimum till) ha 60
ED4 Management of scrub on archaeological features ha 120
ED5 Management of archaeological features on grassland ha 16
E Options for buffer strips
EE1 2 m buffer strips on cultivated land ha 300
EE2 4 m buffer strips on cultivated land ha 400
EE3 6 m buffer strips on cultivated land ha 400
EE4 2 m buffer strips on intensive grassland ha 300
EE5 4 m buffer strips on intensive grassland ha 400
EE6 6 m buffer strips on intensive grassland ha 400
EE7 Buffering in-field ponds in improved permanent grassland ha 400
EE8 Buffering in-field ponds in arable land ha 400
EE9 6 m buffer strips on cultivated land next to a watercourse NEW in 2010  ha 400
EE10 6 m buffer strips on intensive grassland next to a watercourse NEW in 2010  ha 400
F Options for arable land
EF1 Management of field corners ha 400
EF2 Wild bird seed mixture ha 450
EF4 Nectar flower mixture ha 450
EF6 Overwintered stubbles ha 120
EF7 Beetle banks ha 580
EF8 Skylark plots plot 5
EF9 Unfertilised cereal headlands ha 100
EF10 Unharvested cereal headlands ha 330
EF11 Uncropped, cultivated margins for rare plants ha 400
EF13 Uncropped cultivated areas for ground-nesting birds on arable land NEW in 2010  ha 360
EF15 Reduced herbicide cereal crops followed by overwintered stubble NEW in 2010  ha 195
EF22 Extended overwintered stubble NEW in 2010  ha 410
G Options to encourage a range of crop types
EG1 Undersown spring cereals ha 200
EG2 Wild bird seed mixture in grassland areas - has been replaced by EF2 Wild bird seed mixture    
EG3 Nectar flower mixture in grassland areas - has been replaced by EF4 Nectar flower mixture    
EG4 Cereals for whole-crop silage followed by overwintered stubbles ha 230
J Options to protect soil and water
EJ2 Management of maize crops to reduce soil erosion ha 18
EJ5 In-field grass areas to prevent erosion and run-off NEW in 2010  ha 350
EJ9 12 m buffer strips for watercourses on cultivated land NEW in 2009  ha 400
EJ10 Enhanced management of maize crops to reduce soil erosion and run-off NEW in 2009  ha 94
EJ11 Maintenance of watercourse fencing NEW in 2009  100 m 4
EJ13 Winter cover crops NEW in 2010  ha 65
K Options for grassland outside the Severely Disadvantaged Areas (SDAs)
EK1 Take field corners out of management ha 400
EK2 Permanent grassland with low inputs ha 85
EK3 Permanent grassland with very low inputs ha 150
EK4 Management of rush pastures ha 150
Option for mixed stocking on grassland
EK5 Mixed stocking ha 9
L Options for grassland and moorland inside the Severely Disadvantaged Areas (SDAs)
EL1 Take field corners out of management in SDAs ha 100
EL2 Permanent grassland with low inputs in SDAs ha 35
EL3 Permanent grassland with very low inputs in SDAs ha 60
EL4 Management of rush pastures in SDAs ha 60
EL5 Enclosed rough grazing ha 35
EL6 Unenclosed moorland rough grazing ha 5
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