We’ve had a new podcast available for a couple of weeks so we thought it was about time we told you about it!
In this episode, LEAF’s Tom Hills and Justine Hards discuss some of the issues facing farmers following a very wet April. Justine talks with Cambridgeshire LEAF Demonstration Farmer, David Felce, on some of the measures he has put in place to tackle the issues of diffuse water pollution and run-off.
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In Britain we’ve just had the wettest April on record – despite Scotland seeing below average rainfall. In fact, some places saw as much as three times the normal expected rainfall.
This incredibly wet month comes just after a very dry March, which may have presented a few problems with run-off for many of our farmers in the UK. LEAF held two events in March on practical measures to improve water quality. At such a dry time, much of what we discussed at these events was theory based!
At Stratton Farms in Somerset, LEAF Demonstration Farmer, Jeremy Padfield, had a problem with run off on a particularly steep slope. Water was running off onto a road and down into a nearby village. To correct this, Jeremy dug a run off buffer in the field corner where the water was running through, which cost around £250 to implement, using a JCB and dump trailer.
Earlier this week Jeremy sent us some photos (taken 28th April), which clearly shows the impact the buffer has had during this wet month. For comparison, the second selection of photos show the run off buffer as they were exactly a month ago in March (28th).
28th April 2012:
28th March 2012:
You can see more of what Jeremy has done to help prevent run off on his farm in this video that was filmed in March.
Last year, LEAF members Somerset and Carolyne Charrington were announced winners of the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Awards. LEAF members also came out on top in the regional finals, including our Vice Chairman, Rob Kynaston winning in Shropshire. Kathryn Smith from the RSPB, tells us why and how you can enter this year!
Kathryn Smith is an Agriculture Project Manager with the RSPB, supporting the delivery of free, practical advice and support to farmers across the UK who are stepping up and do their bit for wildlife. The Nature of Farming Award forms just a small part of that – find out more about what’s on offer at www.rspb.org.uk/farming
Calling all wildlife-friendly farmers – stand up and be counted for doing your bit
The RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award is the UK’s biggest farm wildlife competition, and a brilliant way to spread the word about the vital work that many farmers are doing for nature. Have you entered the 2012 competition yet? If not, visit our website to download an entry form. But hurry – entry closes on Friday 20 April. If you’re doing your bit for wildlife on your farm, we don’t want you to miss out on your chance for all your hard work to be recognised. Not only is it a great opportunity to showcase the very best of wildlife-friendly farming across the UK to the general public, but you could also win £1,000!Watch our video to hear more about the award from last year’s UK champions, and read profiles of last year’s regional winners and finalists here.
Last year we also introduced a Highly Commended category which means we now get to publicly recognise even more farmers, so why not give it a go?
Each year we ask the public to show support for UK wildlife-friendly farmers by voting for the overall winner. Last year the Award was featured in the national and farming press, national radio, TV, and was tweeted and blogged about by celebrities such as wildlife film maker and presenter, Gordon Buchanan. It gives great farmers a great profile in the mainstream media. The result was 22,000 people taking an interest and voting in 2011, and we’re aiming for even more in 2012.
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