Measures

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Buffer Strips

Riparian buffer strips are fenced off areas of grasses, shrubs and trees planted alongside watercourses. In-field buffer strips are areas of planted grasses, shrubs and trees/ uncultivated or undrilled areas along field boundaries or across fields. Bids for these measures are considered for anywhere in the Upper Aire catchment. Please account for fencing that encloses the entire buffer strip when considering your bid. For instances where walls, hedgerows or fencing currently exist and would act to protect the proposed buffer strip from one side, or for riparian buffer strips adjacent to the river bank, single fencing only may be required. You do not need to make a separate bid for fencing.
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Drinking Points

Stock drinking points can be provided as: gravity fed drinking troughs, solar pumps, pasture pumps or creating a formal drinking area along river using concrete railway sleepers or similar to reduce issues of over-widening and increased sediment load. Bids for these measures are considered for anywhere in the Upper Aire catchment.
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Leaky Dams

A leaky dam is a structure built from logs or branches installed across a ditch or small watercourse above the normal flow rate (base flow), to reduce water velocity and discharge during high water events. The distance between dams should be 7 times/ drop. Bids for these measures are only considered in the following sub catchments; Otterburn Beck from Source to River Aire and Aire from Otterburn Beck to Eshton Beck
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New Hedgerows

Hedgerows should be planted with native species. New hedgerows should be planted across fields or on field boundaries perpendicular to overland flow pathways. Bids for these measures are considered for anywhere in the Upper Aire catchment. Please account for fencing that encloses the entire hedgerow when considering your bid. For instances where walls or fencing currently exist and would act to protect the proposed new hedgerow from one side, single fencing only may be required. You do not need to make a separate bid for fencing.
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Riparian Fencing

Riparian fencing will restrict access for livestock to channel banks and watercourses and reduce the impact of trampling, poaching and bank erosion. Bids for these measures are considered for anywhere in the Upper Aire catchment.
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Soil Aeration

Soil aeration involves using aerators which disturb compacted top layers of soil and are designed to increase surface aeration, which improves water infiltration into the ground. Bids for these measures are considered for anywhere in the Upper Aire catchment.
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Tree Planting

Tree planting of new woodland creation should be done using native species. Bids for these measures are only considered in the following sub catchments; Otterburn Beck from Source to River Aire and Aire from Otterburn Beck to Eshton Beck. Please account for fencing that encloses the entire new woodland when considering your bid. For instances where walls, hedgerows or fencing currently exist and would act to protect the proposed new woodland from one side, single fencing only may be required. You do not need to make a separate bid for fencing.
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Wetland Scrapes

A wetland scrape is an area that area designed so that it will act as a temporary pond during periods of high rainfall and will slowly release water after flood events. They are designed to hold water that flows overland. Bids for these measures are only considered in the following sub catchments; Otterburn Beck from Source to River Aire and Aire from Otterburn Beck to Eshton Beck.
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Maintenance Requirements