Search Targeting Tool for AECS options

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 only apply for an option if it is listed under your holding, if it is included in the categories or application types for the 2021 round listed below and if you also meet the eligibility requirements for the option.

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.

The 2021 round will be restricted to the following categories or application types:

Organic Farming

  • Organic conversion throughout Scotland
  • Organic maintenance throughout Scotland

Protected Areas (designated sites)

Management that will directly benefit the qualifying features of designated sites - these are SSSIs and Natura sites (SACs and SPAs). The management will normally be within the designated site boundary, but occasionally features such as birds or freshwater may also require works outwith the site boundary

Please note: You can apply for any options which will maintain or enhance the qualifying features. However, if an option is not listed below for your holding you can only apply for it if you have obtained an endorsement from NatureScot (formerly SNH) before applying to AECS. If you received a NatureScot endorsement for your 2015 or 2016 round contract for the same option on the same land, please submit this with your 2021 application.

You can use SiteLink to find the qualifying features for designated sites. You are strongly advised to speak with staff from NatureScot before preparing an application for a designated site.

Management for Priority Bird Species outwith designated sites

  • Corncrakes – Applications for the benefit of corncrakes – this is restricted to the corncrake target areas and is restricted to these options: Corncrake Mown Grassland, Corncrake Grazing Management , Management of Cover for Corncrake, Creation of Cover for Corncrake
  • Corn Bunting – Applications for the benefit of corn buntings - this is restricted to the corn bunting target areas and is restricted to these options: Corn Buntings Mown Grassland, Wild Bird Seed for Farmland Birds, Grass Strips in Arable Fields, Beetlebanks, Retention of Winter Stubbles for Wildlife and Water Quality, Unharvested Conservation Headlands for Wildlife, Forage Brassica Crops for Farmland Birds and Species rich grassland management
  • Waders – Applications for the benefit of wader birds is restricted to land within a recognised grassland wader restoration project within the wader option target area. (A list of these projects can be found at the 'How to Apply' page). Applications are restricted to these options and capital items: Wader Grazed Grassland, Wader & Wildlife Mown Grassland, Wader management on heath mosaics, Creation of Wader Scrapes, Cutting of rush pasture, Wetland Creation. Please note, no fencing costs will be supported.
  • Please note: If you wish to apply for some of the options above, but they are not listed under your holding below, please seek advice from NatureScot or RPID.

Slurry Storage

Applications for slurry storage provision in priority water quality catchments

Improving Public Access

Applications to improve public access provision throughout rural Scotland. Rural areas are defined by Scottish Government in the official urban/rural classification 5 & 6 and excluding settlements above 3,000 people.

Further information

If you find your location code is not being accepted in the Holding Code box below please contact your local RPID office to discuss this matter further.

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

Capital items for 2021 round

In this restricted 2021 round, for applications other than for Slurry Stores and Improving Public Access (IPA) which have separate arrangements, only essential capital items will be accepted e.g. those items that are directly required to enable the management option (for example, Wild bird seed and Creation of wild bird seed for farmland birds) and essential complimentary items only (for example, Creation of wader scrapes or Cutting of rush pasture). Capital items are not eligible when selecting the Organic Maintenance option as this option supports the cost of maintaining an organic management system.

Some capital items are available throughout the country. However, some are targeted to particular locations. You can only apply for the targeted capital items if they are listed under your MLC on this webpage. (The capital items webpage shows which items are targeted.)