Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2013 (NE349)
UPDATED in 2013
UJ12 Winter livestock removal next to streams, rivers and lakes

35 points per ha


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

The aim is to enhance water quality by reducing the input of nutrients and sediment to streams, rivers and lakes caused by surface water run-off and the leaching of nutrients from adjacent farmland.

The option can only be used on land parcels that drain directly into a watercourse and are prone to waterlogging, compaction or poaching, where it is important to remove livestock during the winter. In particular, it can be used where archaeological features are at risk by soil erosion.

For this option, you must comply with the following:

  • Remove livestock between 1 December and 15 March each year.
  • Do not spread fertilisers or manures between 1 December and 15 March each year.
  • Do not store manures on these parcels.
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