Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2013 (NE349)
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3.4 Combinations of ELS options, including Uplands ELS options, that can occupy the same land


As a general rule, an ELS or Uplands ELS land management option cannot occupy the same area of land at the same time as another land management option. However, there are exceptions for certain combinations of options. Each row of Table 6 shows combinations of options that may be located in the same place at the same time. Only combinations of options shown in this table are permitted. In ELS, no more than two land management options may occupy the same area of land at the same time. The only exceptions to this rule are:

  • In Uplands ELS, you can have up to three land management options overlapping on the same area of land at the same time, provided the parcel is within the SDA, and there is at least one Uplands ELS option on the parcel (excluding compulsory requirements and UL18).
  • The Uplands ELS compulsory requirements (UX1UX3) do not count towards this limit. Hence, within Uplands ELS you can have up to three options on the same area of land plus the relevant compulsory requirements. But, please note, buffer strip options (EE1 - EE10 and EJ9) cannot be located next to watercourses on land in UX2.
  • EK5 Mixed stocking and UL18 Cattle grazing, do not count towards these limits of two options (ELS) or three options (Uplands ELS).
  • Supplements do not count towards the limit of two or three options.

When co-locating options you must follow the prescriptions of all options. In the event that prescriptions of co-located options contradict each other, you must follow the more restrictive of them. For instance, EK5 (Mixed stocking) states: ‘Supplementary feeding is allowed, but move feeders as often as required to avoid poaching’. EL3 (Permanent grassland with very low inputs in the SDA) states: ‘Do not supplementary feed’. Where these are co-located, no supplementary feeding is allowed.

More than two/three options may be placed in the same land parcel, as long as they do not overlap on the ground.

 

Table 6 Co-location of ELS and Uplands ELS options

Option
code
ELS/Uplands ELS option title ELS option codes that may be located on the same land as those listed in the first column Uplands ELS option codes that may be located on the same land as those listed in the first column
EB1 Hedgerow management for landscape (on both sides of a hedge) EB4, EB5, EB12, EB13, EB14 UB4, UB5, UB12, UB13, UB15, UB16
EB2 Hedgerow management for landscape (on one side of a hedge) EB4, EB5, EB12, EB13, EB14 UB4, UB5, UB12, UB13, UB15, UB16
EB3 Hedgerow management for landscape and wildlife EB4, EB5, EB12, EB13, EB14 UB4, UB5, UB12, UB13, UB15, UB16
EB4 Stone-faced hedgebank management on both sides EB1, EB2, EB3, EB6, EB7, EB8, EB9, EB10, EB14  
EB5 Stone-faced hedgebank management on one side EB1, EB2, EB3, EB6, EB7, EB8, EB9, EB10, EB14  
EB6 Ditch management EB4, EB5, EB12, EB13, EB14 UB4, UB5, UB12, UB13, UB15, UB16, UB17
EB7 Half ditch management EB4, EB5, EB12, EB13, EB14 UB4, UB5, UB12, UB13, UB15, UB16, UB17
EB8 Combined hedge and ditch management (incorporating EB1) EB4, EB5, EB12, EB13, EB14 UB4, UB5, UB12, UB13, UB15, UB16
EB9 Combined hedge and ditch management (incorporating EB2) EB4, EB5, EB12, EB13, EB14 UB4, UB5, UB12, UB13, UB15, UB16
EB10 Combined hedge and ditch management (incorporating EB3) EB4, EB5, EB12, EB13, EB14 UB4, UB5, UB12, UB13, UB15, UB16
EB12 Earth bank management (on both sides) EB1, EB2, EB3, EB6, EB7, EB8, EB9, EB10, EB14  
EB13 Earth bank management (on one side) EB1, EB2, EB3, EB6, EB7, EB8, EB9, EB10, EB14  
EB14 Hedgerow restoration EB1, EB2, EB3, EB4, EB5, EB6, EB7, EB8, EB9, EB10, EB12, EB13 UB4, UB5, UB12, UB13, UB15, UB16
EC2 Protection of in-field trees (grassland) EK5 UL18
EC24 Hedgerow tree buffer strips on cultivated land EE12  
EC25 Hedgerow tree buffer strips on grassland EK5  
ED2 Take out of cultivation archaeological features currently on cultivated land EK5  
ED3 Reduced-depth, noninversion cultivation on archaeological features (minimum till) EF8, EF9, EF10, EG1, EG4, EF13, EF15, EJ13  
ED4 Management of scrub on archaeological features EK4, EK5

UJ12, UL18

ED5 Management of archaeological features on grassland EE4, EE5, EE6, EE7, EE10, EK2, EK3, EK5, EL2, EL3

UJ12, UL17, UL18, UL20, UL21, UL22, UL23

EE1 2 m buffer strip on cultivated land EE12  
EE2 4 m buffer strip on cultivated land EE12  
EE3 6 m buffer strip on cultivated land EE12  
EE4 2 m buffer strips on intensive grassland ED5, EK5

UL18

EE5 4 m buffer strips on intensive grassland ED5, EK5

UL18

EE6 6 m buffer strips on intensive grassland ED5, EK5

UL18

EE7 Buffering in-field ponds in improved permanent grassland ED5, EK5

UL18

EE9 6 m buffer strips on cultivated land next to a watercourse EE12  
EE10 6 m buffer strips on intensive grassland next to a watercourse ED5, EK5

UL18

EE12 Supplement to add wildflowers to buffer strips and field corners EC24, EE1, EE2, EE3, EE9, EF1, EJ5, EJ9  
EF1 Management of field corners EE12  
EF2 Wild bird seed mixture EF23  
EF8 Skylark plots ED3  
EF9 Cereal headlands for birds ED3  
EF10 Unharvested cereal headlands for birds and rare arable plants ED3  
EF13 Uncropped, cultivated areas for ground-nesting birds on arable land ED3  
EF15 Reduced herbicide cereal crops followed by overwintered stubble ED3  
EF22 Extended overwintered stubble EF23  
EF23 Supplementary feeding in winter for farmland birds EF2, EF22  
EG1 Undersown spring cereals ED3  
EG4 Cereals for whole-crop silage followed by overwintered stubble ED3  
EJ5 In-field grass areas to prevent erosion and run-off EE12  
EJ9 12 m buffer strips for watercourses on cultivated land EE12  
EJ13 Winter cover crops ED3  
EK2 Permanent grassland with low inputs ED5, EK5  
EK3 Permanent grassland with very low inputs ED5, EK5  
EK4 Management of rush pastures ED4, EK5  
EK5 Mixed stocking EC2, EC25, ED2, ED4, ED5, EE4, EE5, EE6, EE7, EE10, EK2, EK3, EK4, EK21, EL2, EL3, EL4, EL5, EL6

UD13, UJ12, UL17, UL20, UL21, UL22, UL23

EK21 Legume- and herb-rich swards EK5  
EL2 Permanent grassland with low inputs in SDAs EK5  
EL3 Permanent grassland with very low inputs in SDAs ED5, EK5

UJ12, UL18, UL20, UL21

EL4 Management of rush pastures in SDAs EK5

UD13, UJ12, UL17, UL18

EL5 Enclosed rough grazing EK5

UD13, UL18

EL6 Unenclosed moorland rough grazing EK5

UD13, UL17, UL18

UB4 Stone-faced hedgebank management on both sides on or above the Moorland Line EB1, EB2, EB3, EB6, EB7, EB8, EB9, EB10, EB14  
UB5 Stone-faced hedgebank management on one side on or above the Moorland Line EB1, EB2, EB3, EB6, EB7, EB8, EB9, EB10, EB14  
UB12 Earth bank management on both sides on or above the Moorland Line EB1, EB2, EB3, EB6, EB7, EB8, EB9, EB10, EB14  
UB13 Earth bank management on one side on or above the Moorland Line EB1, EB2, EB3, EB6, EB7, EB8, EB9, EB10, EB14  
UB15 Stone-faced hedgebank restoration EB1, EB2, EB3, EB6, EB7, EB8, EB9, EB10, EB14  
UB16 Earth bank restoration EB1, EB2, EB3, EB6, EB7, EB8, EB9, EB10, EB14  
UB17 Stone wall restoration EB6, EB7  
UD13 Maintaining visibility of archaeological features on moorland EK5, EL4, EL5, EL6

UL17, UL18, UL22

UJ12 Winter livestock removal next to streams, rivers and lakes ED4, ED5, EK5, EL2, EL3, EL4

UL18, UL20, UL21, UL23

UL17 No supplementary feeding on moorland ED5, EK5, EL4, EL6

UD13, UL18, UL22

UL18 Cattle grazing on upland grassland and moorland EC2, ED4, ED5, EE4, EE5, EE6, EE7, EE10, EL2, EL3, EL4, EL5, EL6

UD13, UJ12, UL17, UL20, UL21, UL22, UL23

UL20 Haymaking ED5, EK5, EL2, EL3

UJ12, UL18, UL21

UL21 No cutting strip within meadows ED5, EK5, EL2, EL3

UJ12, UL18, UL20

UL22 Management of enclosed rough grazing for birds ED5, EK5

UD13, UL17, UL18

UL23 Management of upland grassland for birds ED5, EK5

UJ12, UL18

 

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