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03EFAMaster-classIfyouhave15hectaresofclaimablearableareayouwillneedtondyourEcologicalFocusAreasaspartofyourBasicPaymentSchemethereare5optionsforthis1.Hedges2.BufferStrips3.Fallow4.Legumes5.CoverCatchcropsSomethingstorememberBufferStripsThesearenotyourstewardshipmarginsthesewouldqualifyasfallowgroundwhichisanotherEFAoption.EFABufferstripsareyourCrossComplianceProtectionZoneswhichhavetobeinplacenexttowatercourses2mfromthecentreofthewatercourseor1mfromthetopofthebankwhicheverismore.WhatisawatercourseWatercoursesaredenedasallsurfacewatersincludingcoastalwaterestuarieslakespondsriversstreamscanalsandeldditches.Temporarilydrywatercoursesareincluded.Foreverylinearmetretheseareworth9m2sotheseareworthmoreonpaperthanonthegroundBUTmakesuretheyarewideenoughtoensureinaninspectionyouescapeane.ThesewillrequiremappingaspartofyouBPSclaiminMayHedgesWhencanIclaimbothmyhedgeandabufferstripoFeatureorderonthegroundmustbehedgeeligibleditch