Further information and Downloads
In January 2018 some changes were made to diffuse pollution regulations that may impact on the activities of your business.
You can read the full Scottish Government document here.
We are in the process of updating our Information sheets below and will publish them shortly. Until then, please refer back to the full Scottish Government document for the most up to date guide to the GBRs.
In summary, the changes to the regulations mean that the following activities are now covered by General Binding Rules (GBRs).
• The storage, transfer and application of slurry, manure and other fertilisers to land
• The storage and application of digestates and sewage sludge to land
• The use of plant protection products by all application methods
• The use of herbicides in or near to water to control invasive species
• The operation of sheep handling facilities when using pour on chemicals
• Specific types of work carried out to protect river banks from erosion
• The storage of agricultural fuel oil
- Diffuse Pollution - Reducing the Risk - Provides general information on diffuse pollution from rural land use.
- Steading Drainage - Runoff from around the steading can be a discrete source of diffuse pollution from the farm; see what you need to consider to reduce the risk.
- Slurry and Manure - A valuable fertiliser on the farm, but slurry needs to be collected, stored and applied appropriately to get optimum nutrient value and reduce pollution risks.
- Inorganic Fertilisers - Considered nutrient management can help you to optimise yield on the farm and reduce losses to the water environment.
- Poaching and Erosion by Livestock - Poaching around watercourses can be an issue for both water quality and farm soils.
- Soils and Cultivation - A loss of soil is a loss to the business; protect farm soils from erosion.
- Using Pesticides - A small amount of pesticide can have a big impact on water quality; minimise pollution risks when using pesticides.
- Purchase and Storage of Pesticides - Know your obligations when purchasing and storing pesticides on the farm.
- Sheep Dipping - Sheep dip can cause significant damage to watercourses; know the rules relating to use of dip.
Working In or Near Water
Engineering works – including the removal of sediment (gravel, sand, silt) from rivers and lochs – can cause damage to the water environment.
Find out if the activity which you're planning in, or near to water needs authorisation from SEPA by checking the www.sepa.gov.uk/water/aspx webpage.
Other useful links for water engineering information:
- Working in or near rivers or lochs
- Registration rules explained: Dredging in straightened river between 1 and 5 m wide
- Registration rules explained: Removal of exposed sediment such as gravel bars
- Silt control guidance - preventing pollution while dredging
- Reducing river bank erosion: A best practice guide for farmers and other land managers
- Sustainable river bank protection
Our information sheets summarise the main rules related to these activities. To read the rules in more detail, see:
- SEPA CAR Practical Guide
- Cross Compliance regulations
- Plant Protection Products Regulations (2012)
- Sheep Dipping Code of Practice
- The Water Environment (Miscellaneous) (Scotland) Regulations 2017
- 'Mind The Gap - 2m and 10 m buffer strip near watercourses' Information Note