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Inspections - Minimum Requirements for Protection of Historic or Archaeological Features

If you are carrying out any agri-environment options, you may be penalised if inspections show that you have knowingly damaged or destroyed features of historic or archaeological interest on any part of your land. The damage or destruction of any historic or archaeological features or areas must be avoided and guidance approved by the Scottish Ministers must be followed for the protection of such features or areas.

The following points summarise the relevant guidance:

  • Maintain existing grass or heather cover. When re-seeding, avoid ploughing or other soil disturbance.
  • Maintain grazing, but avoid erosion. Feeding sites must not be located on ancient monument areas.
  • Do not plant trees or encourage regeneration within 20 metres of an ancient monument and avoid panbusting and subsoiling. Where an ancient monument is isolated within an arable field, do not plough it. Leave an unploughed buffer zone of 5 metres around it.
  • Do not carry out new drainage on or near an ancient monument. Take great care to avoid new disturbance when maintaining existing drains.
  • Where rabbit control is carried out, avoid ground disturbance.
  • Do not permit peat cutting, quarrying, dumping or storing of any material to occur on the site of an ancient monument.
  • Do not erect fences or other structures or create access tracks within 10 metres of an ancient monument. Avoid the use of wheeled or tracked vehicles on or near ancient monuments.
  • Do not allow the use of metal detectors on ancient monuments or remove any archaeological finds. Report any finds or new features to Historic Scotland, the Local Authority archaeologist or the local museum.