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Agri-environment Standard Payment Rates for Capital Items

This section describes the requirements for capital works attracting support under the SRDP. Payments may be based on a percentage of the Standard Cost of the agreed capital item. This will be 100% of the cost listed in the table below, unless a different rate is specified in the guidance for the Option applied for.

In the table below, you can view the specification which describes the minimum standard of work required by clicking on the relevant capital item. You must carry out work to at least that minimum standard and comply with any relevant British Standard. You must maintain completed works in an appropriate functional state for at least the term of your contract. Any timber used must come from a sustainably managed forest.

For fencing-related capital items, you may use high quality second-hand materials such as telegraph poles or railway sleepers for straining and turning posts. Otherwise, all fencing materials must be new and any woodwork treated.

Where you propose to renew or restore a fence that forms the boundary between your land and that of your neighbour, the payment will be in proportion to your level of responsibility; that is, if you and your neighbour are equally responsible for maintaining a fence, you will be entitled to payment on half the length of fence. You will be entitled to claim full payment for any associated items such as gates, marking to reduce bird collision, rabbit netting or upgrading the fence to a deer fence, where that investment is necessary to deliver your selected regional priority.

When carrying out work in woodlands, you should follow the relevant Forestry and Arboriculture Safety and Training Council (FASTCo) Safety Guides and the current Forestry Commission Scotland Environmental Guidelines. Prior to carrying out any chemical application within a woodland, you should refer to Forestry Commission Field Book 8 'The use of herbicides in the forest'. This book provides full details of weed control using herbicides, including information on the appropriate products, product rates, methods of application and timing of application. You can find further information in a range of Forestry Commission Scotland publications.

Capital Item

Standard Cost

1

Primary treatment of bracken

£200 per hectare of infested land

2

Manual eradication of rhododendron

£3700 per hectare of infested land

3

Mechanised (and/or chemical)eradication of rhododendron

£1750 per hectare of infested land

4a

Eradication of scrub/woody vegetation:

£600 per hectare

4b

Eradication of scrub/woody vegetation:

£850 per hectare

4c

Eradication of scrub/woody vegetation:

£1250 per hectare

4d

Removal from site of the cut scrub/woody vegetation:

£500 per hectare

4e

Removal from site of the cut scrub/woody vegetation:

£1,050 per hectare

4f

Removal from site of the cut scrub/woody vegetation:

£1,450 per hectare

5

Dead wood management

£40 per hectare

6

Stock fence

£4.00 per metre

7

Enhancing/modifying a stock fence (in black grouse and capercaillie core areas)

£2 per metre

8

Upgrading stock to deer fence

£2.75 per metre

9

Scare or temporary fencing

£1.50 per metre

10

Rabbit proofing - existing or new stock/deer fence

£1.90 per metre

11

Deer fence

£7.25 per metre

12

Enhancing/modifying a deer fence (in black grouse and capercaillie core areas)

£5 per metre

13

Conversion of deer fence to stock fence (in black grouse and capercaillie core areas)

£2 per metre

14

Fence removal

£2 per metre

15

Gate

i. Gate for stock fence: £100 each

ii. Gate for deer fence: £170 each

16

Kissing gate/self-closing gate for non-vehicular access

£350 each

17

Stile

£55 each

18

Stock bridge for bog management

Small bridge: £170 per bridge

Large bridge for ditch wider than 1.5m: £620 per bridge

19

Small-scale tree and shrub planting (on a site not exceeding 0.25 hectares)

£2 per tree or shrub

20

Replacement or new single trees within a Designed Landscape or to enhance the rural landscape

£100 per tree

21

Post & rail fence

£10 per metre

22

Building/restoring drystone or flagstone dykes

£17.50 per square metre

23

Sand blow fencing

£10.00 per metre

24

Planting of marram grass into areas threatened with erosion

£8 per square metre

25

Provision of water trough to replace traditional watering points

£195 each

26

Installation of water supply pipe to water trough or pasture pump

£3 per metre of pipe laid

27

Water trough pump: cattle-operated

pasture or nose pump

£180 per installed pump

28

Soil analysis (including sampling)

£24.90 per sample

29

Planting or re-planting of hedge

£4.30 per metre

30

Coppicing of hedge

£4.00 per metre

31

Laying of hedge

£8.00 per metre

32

Creation or restoration of a pond

£3.00 per square metre

33

Laying down species-rich grassland

£680 per hectare

34

Heather restoration (in black grouse core areas)

£250 per hectare

35

Heather track creation for bog management

£1.50/ metre

36

Peat dam

£0.26 per metre of moor grip to be blocked with peat dams. Minimum payment £300.

37a

Ditch blocking with plastic piling dams:

(a) For small ditches up to 0.5 metres wide and deep: £60 per dam.

37b

Ditch blocking with plastic piling dams:

(b) For medium ditches up to 1 metre wide and deep: £120 per dam.

37c

Ditch blocking with plastic piling dams:

(c) For large ditches of depth up to 1 metre and 2 metre wide: £280 per dam

38

Underdrain (or culvert) breaking

£20 per drain (or culvert) broken

39

Watercourse Channel Enhancement

£4.00 per linear metre of watercourse

40

Provision of bat or bird box

£15.00 per box

41

Open range deer management to enhance the natural heritage

£3 per hectare of eligible deer range

42Vole Guard/Small Tree Protector£0.23 per vole guard/small tree protector