AB9 stewardship winter bird food.

Looking for the usual swift collective knowledge of forum members on a theoretically simple matter..
As I understand the terms and conditions for the above mentioned AB9 bird food stewardship option, I can vary the area in any year as long as I have more than the minimum requirement (2%) to comply with scheme rules.
Some other options require a fixed area for the full term of agreement ( although this area can be moved around the holding). I understood that the above option is not one of these and was surprised when informed otherwise unofficially.

In layman’s terms I’m planning to drill spring barley in a couple of fields that have been in bird feed for two years and am hesitant to wade through the natural England system to get the definitive answer.
I might be drilling in a month and might not have received an answer!!
Thanks.
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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