1. Payment for Actions
The annual farm plan contains a list of actions (jobs) which are nominated by the farmer with the aim of improving the site’s management and conservation condition. Each job is individually costed and co-funded by the farmer, and is carried out within the year by the farmer or a local contractor. Payment issues only when jobs are complete and to a satisfactory standard. The farmer can ‘opt-out’ of a planned action if he/she so chooses, ensuring maximum flexibility for the farmer.
Most farms nominate a mixture of jobs to suit the needs of their land e.g. removing encroaching scrub from species-rich grassland, repairing internal walls, improving water supplies or enhancing access. Work undertaken often includes scrub control, wall repair, water provision, access provision, the purchase and installation of gates and feeding equipment and the restoration of damaged habitats.