Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS)

What is AECS?

The Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) is an environmental funding programme for landowners and managers in Scotland.

It’s designed to encourage better land management practices to protect Scotland’s natural landscape and mitigate the causes of climate change.


One of the key aims of AECS is the improvement of Scotland’s biodiversity. Landowners, farmers and tenants seeking to enhance the biodiversity of their estates can receive a grant, which they can use to fund improvement projects.

We can help you to protect or appropriately manage vulnerable species, improve soil and vegetation conditions, control invasive species and deliver conservation projects across natural sites.

We’ll ensure that your AECS project gets delivered according to the specified standards.

For who?

Farmers, landowners and tenants registered with AECS can apply to the scheme. The level of funding depends on the region in which you live, and your land’s potential for redevelopment.

This helps to ensure value for money and helps Scotland to reach its biodiversity goals.

How can we help?

If you qualify for the scheme, you can use your AECS funding to access our environmental management plan, environmental monitoring and deer management services. 

As experts in rural conservation, our team of experienced consultants can help you enhance your sustainable credentials, benefitting both you and the environment.

Learn more about our Environmental Monitoring service