Key dates in May and June 2019

31 May – Deadline to make certain changes to a BPS application received by 15 May without a penalty 10 June – Deadline for late BPS applications, or late amendments, with penalties. Any applications or supporting evidence received after this date will not...

New Environment Agency hotline for exempt abstractors

The Environment Agency has established a free hotline and bookable appointments service to help previously exempt abstractors complete their New Authorisation application forms by 1 October, in order to meet the deadline of 31 December 2019. The dedicated team will be...

Advice on Farming Rules for Water

Advice on how to manage fertiliser, manure and soil to prevent run-off, leaching and erosion and meet the new Farming Rules for Water are available on the Gov.uk website.

Changes to general licences for bird control

Natural England is revoking three general licences for controlling certain wild birds as of Thursday 25 April 2019.  These licences cover 16 species of birds including several members of the crow family, Canada goose, some gulls and pigeons.  The new general licences...

Respond to planned tenancy reforms

Plans have been put forward by Defra for a radical shake-up of agricultural tenancy legislation in England and Wales, with a key aim of making it easier for people to enter and exit the industry.  Consultations have been launched and the deadline for responses is 2...