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November 19, 2019

The crucian carp - not something that is instantly associated with the British countryside, but this little slab of gold is our only native carp and one which we need to help protect. Unlike other species of carp which most of us are familiar with (common, mirror, leather and grass), the crucian is much smaller and much more secretive.

Carp arrived on British shores in the 1600s. They were reared in monastery ponds for food - the Friday fish of the monk...

February 5, 2018

 National Resources Wales have come and installed 400m of fencing for us. We asked them to leave a wide buffer zone between the field and the stream to maximise biodiversity and environmental benefits. By separating a significant area it allows us space to plant a coppice system of hazel, alder, willow, oak and ash to provide us with fuel, materials and feed for livestock. 

August 31, 2017

We welcomed the Wye & Usk Foundation and National Resources Wales onto our farm for advice on how to improve our water. They have offered funding to us, and our neighbouring farm, to fence off the stream running along our boundary. 

When livestock are allowed access to streams they erode the banks and eat the stream side vegetation. When excluded the stream stabilises into a deeper channel, flowing more slowly. The stream side plants can grow, hosting a biod...

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