Well it has not been a nice week to be a dog owner! Flo my dog on two occasions found something to roll in which smelt very, very bad (we definitely have foxes as we have fox poo!) and we also had the unusual scenario nowadays of walking in driving rain!
|Skylarks are singing|
Ditches are important wildlife habitats with their grass sides and wet bottoms but like everything we do, farming must come first as this brings in the money. Any environmental work has to be balanced against this, so we only carry out work like ditch clearing when the minimal stress on the wildlife will be caused. It is detrimental in the short term to the habitat, so normally, with wildlife management, it is little and often but ditches are usually all done then left until maintenance is required again. This could be 5-10 years depending on the amount of water that flows through.
|Essential Ditch management|