Farming & Freshwater - diffuse pollution and SRDP
05 January 2012
Meeting & Farm Site Visit: Spynie Hall, near Elgin, 10.15 am Wednesday 25th January 2012
You are invited along to a meeting and farm site visit, including free soup & sandwich lunch, at Spynie Hall near Elgin on Wed 25th Jan 2012.
The workshop is part of a Scotland-wide project to provide management advice in relation to important freshwater sites, designated for supporting special wildlife features. Focusing on Loch Spynie SSSI, we will look at why the site is locally and nationally important, the current status of the loch as well as issues relating to water quality in the catchment and wider area.
Soils and other conditions within river basins have historically produced fertile, productive land ideal for growing crops and feeding & watering livestock. Increasingly, however, issues relating to water quality are becoming higher on the agenda. Farmers are now finding themselves facing numerous responsibilities and levels of legislation and often have a need to identify mitigation solutions where diffuse pollution problems are identified on the farm. The causes of water quality issues are complex and vary within each catchment. However, there are potential benefits of positive management of the sites to farm businesses in terms of savings and delivery of public services.
The aim of the meeting for farmers and land managers is to raise awareness of water quality and diffuse pollution issues. It will be a useful reminder of the need to protect your single farm payment subsidies through “cross-compliance” measures and obligations of General Binding Rules.
The subject of catchment-sensitive farming will be tackled. A representative from Masstock Arable (UK) Ltd specialising in providing advice, technology and innovations to the farming sector, will make a presentation focussing on precision agronomy to target inputs. Speakers from SEPA and Landcare NorthEast will advise farmers on how to stay on the right side of the regulations. They will also highlight opportunities for funding under the current Rural Priorities scheme.
After presentations and lunch, there will be a farm site visit courtesy of Pitgavey Estate to look at some examples of positive management already in place. The topics discussed will be of interest to farmers and land managers across the catchment and beyond.
The meeting is free and open to all. To help with catering arrangements, please book through Landcare NorthEast by e-mailing flora@landcarenortheast or calling 019755 81151