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The Rural Environment Protection Scheme (REPS)


Specification for REPS Planners

in the

Preparation of REPS 3 Plans

Department of Agriculture and Food


The Rural Environment Protection Scheme is a Measure included in the CAP Rural Development Plan, co-funded under the National Development Plan 2000 – 2006 and the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund of the European Union in the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No1257/1999 as amended by Council Regulation (EC) No 1783/2003


TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION 5

DESCRIPTION OF EACH REPS MEASURE 6

DRAWING UP A REPS 2000 PLAN 12

Introduction 12

Summary of Mandatory Biodiversity Undertakings 12

Field Procedure by Planner 13



General Plan Preparation Guidelines 13

Measure 1 20

Nutrient Management 20



Introduction 20

Plan Preparation under Measure 1 20

Mapping and Plan Requirements for this Measure 33



Measure 2 35

Grassland Management 35



Introduction 35

Plan Preparation under Measure 2 35

Measure 2 Options 37

Mapping and Plan Requirements for this Measure 38

Measure 3 40

Protect and Maintain Watercourses, Waterbodies and Wells 40



Introduction 40

Plan Preparation under Measure 3 40

Measure 3 Options 42

Mapping and Plan Requirements for this Measure 43

Measure 4 44

Retain Wildlife Habitats 44



Introduction 44

Plan Preparation under Measure 4 45

Measure 4 Options 46

Mapping and Plan Requirements for this Measure 48

MEASURE 5 49

Maintain Farm and Field Boundaries 49



Introduction 49

Plan Preparation under Measure 5 49

Measure 5 Options 54

Mapping and Plan Requirements for this Measure 55

Measure 6 57

Restricted use of Pesticides and Fertilisers 57



Introduction 57

Plan Preparation under Measure 6 57

Mapping and Plan Requirements for this Measure 58

Measure 7 59

Protect Features of Historical and Archaeological Interest 59



Introduction 59

Plan Preparation under Measure 7 59

Measure 7 Options 60

Mapping and Plan Requirements for this Measure 61

Measure 8 62

Maintain and Improve Visual Appearance of Farm and Farmyard 62



Introduction 62

Plan Preparation under Measure 8 62

Measure 8 Options 65

Mapping and Plan Requirements for this Measure 65

Measure 9 66

Tillage Crop Production 66



Introduction 66

Plan Preparation under Measure 9 66

Measure 9 Options 67

Mapping and Plan Requirements for this Measure 71

Measure 10 72

Training in Environmentally Friendly Farming Practices 72

Introduction: 72

Course Preparation under Measure 10 72

Plan Requirements for this Measure 73

Measure 11 74

The Maintenance of Farm and Environmental Records 74



Introduction 74

Plan Requirements for this Measure 74

Measure A 76

Conservation of Natural Heritage 76



Introduction 76

Plan Preparation Under Measure A 76

Mapping and Plan Requirements for this Measure 78

Planning for Target Land Farmed Outside the General REPS Programme 79

Supplementary Measures 80

Introduction 80



Supplementary Measure 1 81

Corncrake Habitats 81



Supplementary Measure 2 85

Traditional Irish Orchards 85



Supplementary Measure 3 89

Conservation Of Animal Genetic Resources 89



Supplementary Measure 4 91

RIPARIAN ZONES 91



Supplementary Measure 5 92

LINNET (Land Invested in Nature, Natural Eco- Tillage) Habitats 92



Supplementary Measure 6 95

ORGANIC FARMING 95



General Conditions 95

Eligibility 95

Plan Preparation 96

In conversion 98

APPENDIX 1 101

APPROVED SOIL SAMPLING PROCEDURE 101

LABORATORIES APPROVED FOR SOIL ANALYSIS UNDER REPS 103

APPENDIX 2 104

Appendix 3 109

APPENDIX 4 111

Appendix 5 113

Nitrogen and Phosphorus Production Figures 113



APPENDIX 6 115

Central and Regional Fisheries Board Addresses 115



APPENDIX 7 116

Hedgerow Information 116

NON-NATIVE HEDGEROW SPECIES 122

APPENDIX 8 125

COMMONAGE ISSUES 125

Conservation of the Burren 131

Conditions For The Conservation Of The High Burren. 131

Conditions For The Conservation Of Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs) In The Burren Foothills 132

Conditions For The Conservation Of Blanket Bogs, Heaths And Upland Grasslands Proposed Or Designated As NHAs Under The Rural Environment Protection Scheme 134

Farming Conditions for Sand Dune and Machair Areas 137

APPENDIX 9 140

Bird Boxes 140



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