Catchment management

Horse herbicides – the trouble with buttercups

Let’s talk about buttercups.  Buttercups, thistles, dock leaves, nettles and those massive green leaves that seem to put the heebie-jeebies into my tank-like cob despite seeing them every single summer.

We know these green baddies can be the bane of many a pristine-paddock during the spring and summer. While for many of us horse-owners, the […]

By |February 27th, 2017|Catchment management, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Horse herbicides – the trouble with buttercups|
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    Got a spare £600million? How water companies are working to tackle the ‘slugs’ of the pesticide world

Got a spare £600million? How water companies are working to tackle the ‘slugs’ of the pesticide world

The slug killing pesticide metaldehyde is to water companies what slugs are to farmers; a costly problem; a £600million problem.
That’s how much we estimate it would cost to set up drinking water treatment for slug pellets (metaldehyde) across our region. Plus another £17million each year would be needed to run the systems. And it’s […]

By |September 14th, 2016|Catchment management|Comments Off on Got a spare £600million? How water companies are working to tackle the ‘slugs’ of the pesticide world|
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    UK’s largest metaldehyde-free farming trial expanded for a second year

UK’s largest metaldehyde-free farming trial expanded for a second year

The UK’s largest ever metaldehyde-free farming trial has been expanded after successful first year results achieved a 60% drop in levels of the chemical detected in reservoir tributaries.

Year two of the Slug It Out campaign will see it extended to include Rutland – the largest natural catchment in the UK for a reservoir at […]

By |June 14th, 2016|Catchment management|Comments Off on UK’s largest metaldehyde-free farming trial expanded for a second year|
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    Volunteers show how much they care for our rivers and beaches

Volunteers show how much they care for our rivers and beaches

This week is National Volunteers Week, a time to celebrate the achievements of RiverCare and BeachCare volunteers throughout the region who give up their spare time to protect waterways and coastlines.

We are extremely proud of all our employees who volunteer their time, and all of the community volunteers who are involved in projects we […]

By |June 3rd, 2016|Biodiversity, Catchment management|Comments Off on Volunteers show how much they care for our rivers and beaches|

Launching Slug It Out in Rutland

Slug It Out, Anglian Water’s agricultural trial focused on not using metaldehyde based slug pellets on land surrounding drinking water reservoirs was launched on the 10th May at Rutland Water with an event attended by some of the local farmers involved and their agronomists. There was an introduction to the trial, a technical agronomy […]

By |May 12th, 2016|Catchment management, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Launching Slug It Out in Rutland|

Making the slug pellet switch to protect water

Over the past year, Anglian Water and the farmers who manage the land around some of our key reservoirs – along with the agronomists who advise them – have been working together on a trial. The trial is called Slug it Out and it’s the largest example of a product substitution campaign that has […]

By |May 4th, 2016|Catchment management|Comments Off on Making the slug pellet switch to protect water|

Water friendly young farmers crowned

The results are in and Easton and Otley agricultural college in Norwich has the most water friendly students.

The team of Cameron Young, Lewis Hart, Chris Stoles and Peter Hyett have been crowned winners of the Great Farm Challenge 2016 held at Newmarket Racecourse this week. The event featured a panel of judges from Anglian Water, […]

By |March 18th, 2016|Catchment management|Comments Off on Water friendly young farmers crowned|

Meet Gary the catchment advisor

It’s nearly a year now since we expanded our catchment advisory team so we could help hundreds of farmers in our region deliver healthy crop yields whilst protecting our raw water sources. We’ve travelled the length and breadth of the region in that time and had some really constructive meetings with farmers and agronomists.

Gary Hodgetts […]

By |February 9th, 2016|Catchment management|Comments Off on Meet Gary the catchment advisor|

Are you eligible for our pesticide amnesty?

Although pesticides are a vital part of UK agriculture’s tool box, many have been lost because of their impact on water quality or the aquatic environment.  For growers, the impact of losing a pesticide can be huge particularly where no alternatives exist.  Farmers are left wondering whether the crop can be grown in the […]

By |December 1st, 2015|Catchment management, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Are you eligible for our pesticide amnesty?|

Slug Pellets – the facts

Slug pellets are a vital part of the arable farmer’s toolbox in our region. But how do you know which ones to use, and how can we tell if they are effective?

Do you know what pellets you’re using? Are they the most suitable to your conditions and requirements?  I have spoken to a few […]

By |October 14th, 2015|Catchment management|Comments Off on Slug Pellets – the facts|