Taking action to improve Farm resilience provides economic benefit to farmers, cleaner water and investment opportunity. Towards this goal BRICs will provide:
- Free expert advice
- Farm resilience plans
- Help to secure funding towards nutrient soil mapping, precision farming and where appropriate following recommendation up to 10 constructed wetlands
We are working with 3 volunteer farmers who have kindly agreed to help develop and test how visits from the Project Officer and experts from NRW and ADAS will work in practice. This early participation is invaluable to ensure relevant information is gathered, discussion and advice provided is pertinent and useful and the format of the farm resilience report will be relevant and presented in a user friendly format. Their cooperation and that of 3 other key farmers, who have given their time to assist the Project Officer at this early stage, is helping to shape and develop the project.
Awareness raising event for the Pelcomb Brook Catchment area
Farmers who own or manage land in the Pelcomb Brook river catchment were invited to join the BRICs Project Team to find out more about this collaborative project. The event, which took place in September 2018 in The Rising Sun near Haverfordwest, aimed to raise awareness of the project, to explain what help and support the project is able to provide and to encourage farmers to volunteer to participate.
The Farming Connect Local Development Officer also attended to explain other sources of technical, business and funding support available to farmers.
Deployment of water quality monitoring sondes
‘Welsh Water is a partner on the Project Steering Group and is actively involved in contributing to both Workstreams. Welsh Water’s matchfunding to the project is to monitor and share water quality data from the Pelcomb Brook and Llys y fran sub-catchments. Two Sondes have been deployed in the Pelcomb Brook sub-catchment and an adjacent sub-catchment (Control) to measure various parameters including nutrients (ammonia), turbidity and pH. ‘
Assisting the SWEPT project
BRICs Project Officers joined the Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation Officer and SWEPT project volunteers canoeing down the Cleddau on a remarkably perfect – weatherwise – January day!
The SWEPT volunteer project has recruited volunteers to collect and test freshwater samples for nitrates and phosphates within the Milford Haven Waterway.
It was interesting, enjoyable and helpful to see how the SWEPT project is using canoes for volunteers to reach and sample less accessible freshwater inputs running into the estuary. Analysis of the data collected will be of interest to the BRICs project.