Proposed new payment rates for agri-environment schemes by the Scottish Executive

25th May 2005

We are extremely concerned about the potential impacts of significant decreases in payment rates for measures that have been shown to deliver much for biodiversity. In particular, measures for conservation headlands, hedgerow management, extensive cropping, unharvested crops, management of native woodland and aspects of the Organic Aid Scheme have all suffered severe downward changes in the payment rates proposed.

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