What is AECS?

The Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) provides funding to support land management practices that benefit Scotland’s natural landscape and mitigate the causes of climate change.

Who is eligible for AECS?

AECS is a selection-based scheme, and isn’t automatically granted to eligible claimants. The scheme is open to farmers, groups of farmers and other land managers with land in Scotland.

The level of funding can vary depending on a farm’s location. Everyone who applies must have a Business Reference Number.

What can AECS help you do?

AECS has been designed for farming initiatives that:

  • Enhance Scotland’s biodiversity
  • Contribute to climate change targets (e.g Peatland Carbon Storage projects)
  • Improve water quality
  • Promote organic farming
  • Preserve the historic environment
  • Improve public access

The focus of the scheme can change from year to year. In 2021, the AECS is concentrating on the following project categories:

  • Organic farming
  • Protected area conservation
  • Slurry storage
  • Improving public access
  • Priority bird management, including species like Corn crakes, Corn bunting and farmland wading bird species

How can we help you with AECS?

As experts in rural management, our experienced team of consultants can help you deliver practically any AECS-approved project.

You’ll receive support from a highly qualified team, who can offer guidance on everything from the application process to the practical aspects of your AECS initiative. Learn more about AECS and how to apply.

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