New Events, WEIF Projects and Working Groups

Fields in Devon

Water Sampling at Luckett Stream
As part of the Water Environment Investment Fund (WEIF) project, water sampling of the Luckett Stream has begun by Westcountry Rivers Trust, the 6 month initial programme is to ascertain baseline condition of the Luckett Stream. This is to enable us to identify the main pollutants in the watercourse, and how we can mitigate it by changes in land management techniques and interventions. The options for mitigation will be appraised and then be implemented working with farmers, landowners and stakeholders within the catchment.

Waste Acceptance Criteria Test quotes have been obtained and we hope to take samples soon, to investigate the content of the sediment found in the Luckett Stream and identify pollutants such as phosphate. This will enable us to quantify the improvements brought about by our interventions.

Tavy Working Group Formed
A Tavy Working Group has been formed to begin a WEIF project on the Lower Tavy. Partners include Westcountry Rivers Trust, Devon Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, Tamar Valley AONB, and Tamara Landscape Partnership.

This will help us make informed decisions when considering interventions that will provide the best results in the Lower Tavy catchment, and draw on the partners experience in other catchments and our experience in the Luckett Stream, which is the first part of the WEIF project.

Supporting Farmers and Landowners with applications and grants
We’ve worked with 13 farmers and landowners to provide 1-2-1 advice, on Countryside Stewardship Scheme applications, current grant funding such as Capital Grants and emerging schemes including the Sustainable Farming Incentive and Local Nature Recovery. These schemes are part of the Agricultural Transition Plan and will replace the existing Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), which is being phased out. Identifying and securing sources of funding for farming and rural businesses to replace the income from BPS whilst providing environmental benefit both on farm and to the wider landscape will be essential.

Upcoming Farming Events
We have been planning some events with the Farm Wildlife Advisory Group South West (FWAG SW), with the first one planned this October and then in April next year. The first event will take place on the 12th October at Dupath Farm and will cover subjects such as rotational grazing and the benefits it brings, soil health and soil carbon. Keep an eye on the AONB events page for details.




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