ARCHIVE: Entry Level Stewardship Handbook 2005 (PB10355)
EL6 Moorland and rough grazing

This option is only available within LFA land in parcels of 15 ha or more.

For this option you must:

  • Manage the land without applying fertiliser, manure, lime or slag.
  • Do not cultivate.
  • Protect permanently waterlogged wetlands, including peat bogs and other mires, and hillside flushes. Do not install any new land drainage or modify any existing drainage that would increase run-off. Do not remove any peat or sediment from drainage channels.
  • Leave rocks, scree and mineral spoil in place.
  • Do not supplementary feed using silage or other forage wrapped in plastic. Ring feeders or troughs should not be used. All feeding sites should be moved regularly to minimise damage to vegetation and soils and care must be taken to avoid damage by vehicles.
  • Take action to contain bracken, rhododendron, gorse or similar infestation so that they do not spread to new areas of land. Wherever possible, control of bracken should be by mechanical means. Otherwise, to chemically control bracken, only asulam may be used, and care must be taken not to apply it to other ferns. For common gorse, control should be by cutting or burning in manageable blocks. If the land is in a water catchment area, a SSSI or Scheduled Monument, you must seek consent from the appropriate authority.
  • Rhododendron and other invasive alien species must be cut and the stumps treated immediately with herbicide to prevent spread on to new areas of land. At least one follow-up treatment will be required in subsequent years to control the re-growth.
  • Apply herbicides only to spot treat or weed wipe for the control of injurious weeds  (i.e. creeping or spear thistle, curled or broadleaved dock, or common ragwort).
  • Where you have the legal right to carry out burning, and intend to do so, you must follow the Defra Heather and Grass Burning Code. You may obtain a copy of the Code from your RDS office.

EL6, 5 points per ha


Moorland rough grazing
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