Under the biodiversity banner, the complementary actions are riparian margins, conservation of animal genetic resources, traditional orchards, tree planting, coppicing hedgerows, laying hedgerows or traditional stonewall maintenance.
Finally, the farmer can choose to take as many additional actions as he/she wants, up to a maximum payment of €5,000/year.
The additional actions under biodiversity are planting new hedgerows, arable margins, green cover establishment from a sown crop, use of trailing shoe technology, minimum tillage and alternative water sources for bovines.
A farmer who opts for the water quality objective has the option of two mandatory actions: riparian margins or alternative water source for bovines.
Complementary actions in the water quality area include species-rich grassland, traditional hay meadows, arable margins, green cover establishment, minimum tillage and trailing shoe technology.
Additional actions under the water quality objective are traditional orchards, planting new hedgerows, wild-bird cover (grassland farms only), establishment and maintenance of habitats, conservation of animal genetic resources, coppicing hedgerows, laying hedgerows and traditional stonewall maintenance.
The three mandatory actions under the climate change objective are arable margins, green cover establishment and minimum tillage.
The complementary actions in this category are riparian margins, planting new hedgerows, tree planting, species-rich grassland, traditional hay meadows and trailing shoe technology.
Finally, the additional actions under the climate change objective are establishment and maintenance of habitats, coppicing or laying hedgerows, traditional orchards, alternative water source for bovines, stonewall maintenance and conservation of animal genetics.
The majority of payments are an annual agri-environment payment for work done.
However, there are also some measures that include capital investment, such as fencing.
Payments for capital investments will require invoices to be submitted, and payment will be phased over a five-year period, as in the existing REPS scheme.