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Machair

Why are we willing to fund this package?

Scotland has about two-thirds of the world's machair. Traditional management of this habitat is very important for its conservation. Changes in management have led to a big loss in the number of species of wild flowers in the crop, and the number of flowers of each species. Biodiversity of the fallow has reduced, too. As well as helping a variety of wild plants, traditional methods and patterns support a wide range of wildlife that includes valuable species such as Corn Bunting and Great Yellow Bumblebee.

What will this package achieve?

The aim is to bring back the high biodiversity without badly affecting agricultural operations and income. Using seed from local sources and cutting down or stopping the use of herbicides could make a significant difference.

What you can do

You should choose which of the following Options will help deliver the outcome you have selected.

We suggest the following Options may all be appropriate.

Some Options- shown in the top list - will always deliver the desired outcomes. If you choose any of these Options, you will not be expected to provide any justification for choosing that Option.

Other Options - those in the bottom list - will only help achieve the desired outcome in specific circumstances. If you choose any of these, the application system will ask you to explain how you see this Option helping to achieve the outcome. You can select as many, or as few, options as you think you will need. You must judge which Options will most effectively deliver the desired outcomes taking account of your circumstances.

These Options will always deliver the desired outcomes:

These Options will help to achieve the desired outcomes in specific circumstances:

Other support available under the SRDP

There may be other Options available under the Rural Development Contracts that could help you to manage machair. Options designed to benefit Corncrakes,Corn Buntings and Chough can also benefit machair. For further details, please refer to the packages for these species.