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Appendix 1 - Finding out more

Table 1.1 Further information sources of information

Useful information   Link
Alternative Watering Systems Information on abstraction and pumping systems including videos of various systems in action on Scottish farms.
Constructed Farm Wetland design manual for Scotland and Northern Ireland Guidelines for design of Constructed Farm Wetlands.
Control of Pollution (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSAFO). These regulations require that slurry produced around the steading has to be collected and contained.


Controlled Activities Regulations General Binding Rules (CAR GBRs).  A practical guide A guide to the Controlled Activities Regulations which cover diffuse pollution, abstractions, impoundments and engineering authorisations.
Diffuse Pollution Management Advisory Group (DPMAG) and the Rural Diffuse Pollution Plan for Scotland Partnership focusing on improving Scotland's water environment by reducing rural diffuse pollution risks.
Diffuse Pollution Priority Catchments Web pages with information on the location and contact details of those involved in Diffuse Pollution Priority Catchments.
Farmers guide to using and sourcing digestate and compost A handy guide produced by NFUS and Zero Waste Scotland
Farming and Water Scotland Information to help farmers and land managers protect and improve water quality


Farming and Water Scotland Know the Rules booklet Booklet summarizing the Diffuse Pollution General Binding rules (DP GBRs) as relevant to Agriculture.
Farming for a Better Climate Information on steps farmers can take to reduce losses of greenhouse gases to improve business efficiency.


FAS Farm Management Handbook Reference for farm business management. /
How Green Can you be? A guide to green technologies and solutions for rural buildings and farm steadings


LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Initiative focused on helping farmers improve environmental and business performance through a network of demonstration farms.
MANNER NPK Computer programme used to predict the fertiliser nitrogen value of organic manure on a field specific basis.
Natural Flood Management; A Farmers Guide Provides information on natural flood management for landowners and farmers in Scotland.
NetRegs Environmental guidance for all businesses in Scotland and Northern Ireland


NFU Scotland Provides political representation for Scottish farmers.
Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ) Action Programme Guidance Notes Guidance for farmers within NVZs.  Tables showing how to calculate nutrient requirements.  Includes NMax calculator.
PEPFAA Code.  Prevention of environmental pollution from agricultural activities code of good practice.
PLANET Scotland


Planning Land Applications of Nutrients for Efficiency and the Environment.  Free field level planning and record keeping software to predict fertiliser requirements and assist in compliance with NVZ rules.
Ponds, pools and lochans Guidance on good practice in the management and creation of small water bodies in Scotland.


Priority Catchments Web pages with information on the location and contact details of those involved in Diffuse Pollution Priority Catchments.
Rural Sustainable Drainage Systems: A practical design and build guide for Scotland’s farmers and landowners This Design and Build guide can be used by farmers and land managers to reduce diffuse pollution risks.
SAC and FAS Technical notes Provides detailed information on a range of topics including soil specific P&K recommendations; optimising the application of bulky organic fertilisers; and fertiliser recommendations for grass and target crops.
Slurry lagoon information Information from FAS slurry lagoon events carried out in 2019.


SAC Consulting Advisory and consultancy services to the agricultural sector.


Scotland Rural Development Programme (2014-2020) Main vehicle for Government funding and support for farmers in Scotland.
Scotland’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) Part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) which is co-funded by the EU and Scottish Government, providing information and resources aimed at increasing the profitability and sustainability of farms and crofts.


Contact the advice line on 0300 323 0161 or email

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) Provides guidance on pollution prevention measures and enforces environmental legislation in Scotland.
Scottish Forestry Supports the delivery of the Scottish Government’s priorities for Scotland's forests, through guidance, advice, incentives and regulations, and by advising Ministers on forestry policy.


Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate (SGRPID) Government department responsible for legal and technical matters relating to agriculture and rural development.

(Formerly Scottish Natural Heritage, SNH)

Scotland’s Nature Agency.  Works in partnership with landowners to maintain and preserve landscapes and ecosystems.


SEPA rainfall data SEPA provide a comprehensive guide to short- and longer-term rainfall data across Scotland. See; select a point from the map nearest your farm and display values.


SEPA Water Environment Fund Funding towards measures to restore Scotland’s catchments.
Septic tanks (small scale sewage discharges) Information on septic tanks.


Valuing your Soils Booklet Suggests measures to enhance and protect agricultural soils in Scotland.  Contains information on identifying farm soil types.
VESS – Visual Evaluation of Soil Structure A copy of the VESS chart is also included within the Valuing Your Soils booklet (above).
Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (as amended) Practical Guide Often referred to as ‘The CAR Practical Guide’ this document provides an overview of the levels of authorization under the regulations including the General Binding Rules.
Water Environment (Diffuse Pollution) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 Amends previous regulations to allow lightly contaminated water from some areas of the farm steading (which would have previously been classed as slurry), to be treated through a Constructed Farm Wetland



This information is updated and abridged from The 4 Point Plan (2003)

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