The majority of agreements under the wider level of the Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS) contain measures for watercourse fencing, creation of riparian zones along a waterway, or hedgerow planting.

Figures obtained from DAERA combined the first two of these options for watercourse management, and show that 743 agreements contained these measures. This equates to 63% of the 1,187 agreements that were finalised in the first tranche of the scheme last month.