Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2013 (NE349)
UPDATED in 2013
EE4 2 m buffer strips on intensive grassland
EE5 4 m buffer strips on intensive grassland
EE6 6 m buffer strips on intensive grassland
255 points per ha
340 points per ha
340 points per ha

UPDATED in 2013
EE10 6 m buffer strips on intensive grassland next to a watercourse
400 points per ha

EE10 should always be used when a 6 m buffer on intensive grassland is placed alongside a watercourse.

Option EE10 can also be placed adjacent to farm trackways or roads that channel run-off water and sediment directly into a watercourse.

These options are only available on improved grassland receiving more than 100 kg/ha of nitrogen per year in fertilisers or manures.

For these options, you must comply with the following:

  • On fields that will be mown, leave an uncut 2 m/4 m/6 m buffer strip around the edge. Graze this buffer strip along with the aftermath, following the final cut.
  • Do not allow livestock to poach or overgraze the buffer strip.
  • Do not apply any fertilisers or manures.
  • Only apply herbicides to spot-treat or weed-wipe for the control of injurious weeds (ie creeping and spear thistles, curled and broad-leaved docks or common ragwort) or invasive non-native species (eg Himalayan balsam, rhododendron or Japanese knotweed).
  • It is not a requirement to fence these buffer strips.
  • After the first 12 months of your agreement, cut buffer strips only to control woody growth, and no more than once every 2 years.
  • Do not use buffer strips for regular vehicular access, turning or storage. There should be no tracks, compacted areas or poaching.

4 m margin between access track and hedge

6 m grass margin on intensive grassland
provides valuable small mammal habitat


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