Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2013 (NE349)
UPDATED in 2013
UL21 No cutting strip within meadows
250 points per ha of strip

Area constraints apply to this option.

This option is only available on SDA land below the Moorland Line. It can only be used on part-fields.

This option is designed to improve habitats for small mammals, invertebrates and birds in meadows by leaving uncut areas. These can be strips against boundaries, awkward field corners, or infield areas such as damp hollows as these are key habitats for nesting and foraging wading birds. These uncut areas must be located in fields that are mown each year. They must not overlap with a public right of way but they can overlap with the cross compliance protection zone.

For this option, you must comply with the following:

  • Leave a 1 m margin against a wall, hedgebank, earth bank or hedge, or leave a field corner/in field area uncut each year. Patch size must be no more than 0.5 ha.
  • Graze these areas along with the aftermath, following the final cut.
  • Do not cultivate or re-seed.
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