A farm that I've been shooting for a number of years now has entered into the HLS. I've been told not to drive on any fields not even fields that have been harvested! as massive fines could be incurred if tyre tracks are found.
The farm previously was run as free range pig farm and has now been turned over to arable and free range chickens (6000) of which I try and control the local fox population.
The chicken farmer is helpful but is not up to speed with all the in's and out's of the HLS scheme.
The farm manager manages two farms and sadly I have no dealings with. He has been putting up gates everywhere (locks included) bollards in any gaps and has even put ditches in, in an attempt to make the farm secure. On one little field entrance he even sprayed "No" on the tramline that leads in to some set a side land.
My question is, when can i have access to the fields with a vehicle?
Are there dates that using a vehicle is a no go i.e. 1 March spring/early summer nesting time - July 1st?.
Dates please. Date permitted / Date Not permitted.
Can someone give me the parameters of this scheme please, or where I can find more accurate information.
Thanks. Rem 700