Although the Rural Stewardship Scheme (RSS) is closed to new applicants these technical guidance documents are still available for reference purposes.
If you require any further information then please contact your local area office.
Technical Guidance Documents
The Technical Guidance comprises seven parts, please select these subjects from the menu on the left.
A PDF version of the RSS Technical Guidance is also available. Please be aware that this is a large file (1.5MB) and may take some time to download on slower connections.
Part 1: Eligibility and Conditions
Part 2: Environmental Audits
Part 3: Processing Applications
Part 4: General Environmental Requirements:
Part 5: Management Measures:
Prescriptions predominantly for Bird Life
Prescriptions for Species-rich Areas
Prescriptions for Moorland
Prescriptions for Wetland Features
Prescriptions for Field Margins and Boundaries
Prescriptions for Arable Areas
Prescriptions for Woodland and Scrub
Prescriptions for Historic and Archaeological Sites
Small Unit Prescriptions
Part 6: Capital Payments:
Associated with management options
To benefit other habitats and features
Black grouse breeding areas
Part 7: Appendices