Assisting the SWEPT project

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 (link to SWEPT project website)

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.

BRICs is a research project that is taking an innovative approach to managing natural resources in the area, benefitting both communities and businesses in the locality.      

We are focussing on three areas across Pembrokeshire:

  • Pelcomb Brook
  • Winterton Marsh, and
  • Llys y Fran

Working in these 3 diverse river sub-catchments, the project will test a voluntary approach to deliver nutrient focused pollution prevention advisory plans, highlighting opportunities and recommending actions to improve water and soil management on farms.

The project partners include supply chain, land managers, industry, conservation organisations, farming unions, Welsh Water, farming cooperatives, authorities, Natural Resources Wales and communities working together to build resilience into farm businesses.  At the same time, the project will be contributing to sustainable economic development.

BRICS was developed and is funded through the Sustainable Management Scheme which is part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

If you are a farmer or land owner in one of the sub-catchments listed above and want to find out more, please get in touch with Emma Taylor, BRICs Project Officer on 01834 860965 or emmat@planed.org.uk.

If you are interested or think you may like to participate in a nutrient trading scheme, please contact Paul Renfro, BRICs Project Officer on 01646 405693 or paul.renfro@pembrokeshirecoastalforum.org.uk