Most Agri-Environment-Climate Scheme management options have been spatially targeted in order to make them available in the locations where they will deliver the greatest benefit. This means that you will need to check which management options are available on your holding. You can apply for an option if it is listed under your holding and if you also meet the eligibility requirements for the option. Please note the Improving Public Access option is closed for new applications.

You must check all location codes separately for all holdings that form part of your farm business and which you wish to include in your AECS application. Some options may only be available on some holdings.

If you find your location code is not appearing on the targeting tool, this may be connected to the ongoing mapping and land change work taking place following the introduction of the Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS). Please contact your local RPID to discuss this matter further.

In exceptional circumstances, you may apply for other management options that are not targeted on your holding. If you wish to do so, you must first seek an endorsement from Scottish Natural Heritage or Scottish Forestry. If you receive an endorsement from SNH or SF you must then submit this with your AECS application. Further information on how to request an endorsement is provided here.

A full list of management options is also available.

There are rules and management requirements for each option and they must be followed over the course of your contract.

Please note, for all arable options, the spatial targeting maps include the entire upland area. This is to allow for arable activity on the in-bye in these areas, it does not mean all the upland area is eligible for these options. Only land which meets the individual option eligibility requirements can be entered for the option. For example, you cannot apply for Wild Bird Seed for Farmland Birds on rough grazing.

The full list of capital items is shown on this webpage

This webpage includes a list of “Targeted capital items”. You can only apply for these items if they appear on the list under your holding code and if you can meet the requirements for the items.

However, all other capital items are available on every holding and can be applied for if you can meet the item requirements. Note that these items are not shown on your holding list.