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Rural Development Contracts - Rural Priorities  (2007-14)

The Rural Priorities scheme is part of the Scotland Rural Development Programme 2007-13  (SRDP).

Rural Priorities will be replaced by several new schemes in 2015 under the new SRDP.  These schemes will offer a similar range of management measures to those in Rural Priorities. 

Extensions to existing Rural Priorities contracts

Scottish Government has offered 1 year extensions for all Rural Priorities agri-environment contracts which ended in December 2013. This includes contracts on SSSIs or Natura sites.

Rural Priorities in 2014

The scheme is no longer open for applications, for most land managers.  However, if you manage a woodland SSSI it may still be possible to apply, but please check with Forestry Commission Scotland or SNH before starting to work up an application.

More information on Rural Priorities

Since 2008, the Rural Priorities scheme has offered land managers a share of almost £800 million to help deliver environmental, social and economic benefits to rural Scotland. More information can be found on the Scottish Government website external site .

Rural Development Contracts - Land Managers' Options

The Land Managers' Options external site   (LMO) scheme started in March 2008,  replacing the Land Management Contracts Menu Scheme.    LMO offered a more limited range of measures than Rural Priorities.    LMO is closed to new applications from 2014.  The deadline for submitting continuing applications is 15 May 2014.

Information on SSSIs and Natura sites

You can find information on the SNH SiteLink external site   website. The 'Map Search' button allows searches by post code or farm code to find the sites in your area; the map scale can be changed using the bar at the bottom of the screen.