ARCHIVE: Entry Level Stewardship Handbook 2005 (PB10355)
EK1 Take field corners out of management

The provision of unmanaged areas will increase the wildlife interest of the farm. This option must not be located on archaeological sites.

For this option you must:

  • Take unproductive or awkward corners of improved grass fields out of management. Improved grass is that receiving over 50 kg/N per ha.
  • Patch size must be no more than 0.5 ha and there must be no more than three patches per 10 ha, so that the option is well distributed across the land.
  • Do not apply fertiliser or manure.
  • 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), or invasive alien species (e.g. Himalayan balsam, rhododendron or Japanese knotweed).
  • In order to allow the development of low scrub and tussocky grass, you must not cut more frequently than once in every five years.
  • Do not graze.

EK1, 400 points per ha

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