Find out if your farm is in a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) and how to comply with NVZ rules.
The nitrate pollution prevention regulations bring into force the European Commission nitrates directive. Each country must review them regularly. The latest review came into force on 17 May 2013.
The regulations mean that land that drains into waters polluted by nitrates are designated as Nitrate Vulnerable Zones.
Farmers with land in NVZs must follow mandatory rules to tackle nitrate loss from agriculture:
The Nitrates Directive is implemented by separate regulations in England and Wales. The Environment Agency is responsible for enforcing and assessing farmers' compliance with these regulations in England.
The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) also assesses compliance with these rules in their cross compliance audit. A joint statement about the Environment Agency and RPA, their respective roles and how they work together is available:
If you graze livestock and at least 80% of your land is grassland, you may be eligible for a derogation from the livestock manure N farm limit.
NVZs in Wales
Information for farmers in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in Wales: