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 biodiversity store and further slowing the flow of water. Connecting two areas of wood the vegetated stream also acts as a wildlife corridor.