England Coast Path in the north west of England

WD9: Livestock exclusion supplement – scrub and successional areas

How much will be paid

£121 per hectare (ha).

Where to use this supplement

It is available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier and can be used on whole or part parcels on land:

  • containing mostly native species of trees and scrubs

When combined with:

Where this supplement cannot be used

  • For woodlands with an existing scheme to exclude livestock

How this supplement will benefit the environment

It helps scrub to develop through natural regeneration.

If successful there will be:

  • more scrub growing close to grassland, woodland and other habitats
  • birds and invertebrates using the scrub
  • less soil erosion in scrub areas
  • reduced floods in scrub areas


You must:

  • keep livestock away from the agreed area at all times
  • submit an annual return to confirm that no livestock have grazed land under this supplement

Keeping records

You must fill in an annual declaration on your payment claim form to confirm that no stock have grazed land under this option.

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this supplement

The following advice is helpful, but they are not requirements for this item.

Once scrub has established, you can usually re-introduce grazing . This supplement may not be needed for the full duration of the agreement.

Further information

See the Mid Tier manual or Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015

Last updated 13 February 2020
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  2. Updated for 2017 applications.

  3. Information updated for applications in 2016.

  4. First published.

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