ARCHIVE: Entry Level Stewardship Handbook 2005 (PB10355)
EL3 Manage in-bye pasture and meadows with very low inputs

Grassland managed with no fertiliser has a higher value for wildlife. Agricultural intensification has destroyed much species-rich grassland and it is important to maintain and, where possible, increase this resource. If your field has more than a third of its area covered by rushes, it must go into option EL4, Management of rush pastures (LFA land), rather than this option.

For this option you must:

  • Maintain as grass, do not plough or re-seed.
  • You may apply up to 12.5 tonnes/ha (5t/acre) of FYM a year in a single application. This must not be applied between 1 April and 30 June to avoid damage to ground nesting bird sites. No other type of fertiliser or manure may be applied.
  • Do not cultivate.
  • Manage by grazing and/or cutting, to remove each year’s grass growth.
  • Do not supplementary feed.
  • Do not cut or top between 1 April and 30 June.
  • Do not harrow or roll between 1 April and 30 June.
  • 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).

EL3, 60 points per ha

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