The Farming and Water Scotland initiative helps farmers and land managers keep on the right side of the diffuse pollution regulations, reduce diffuse pollution risks and benefit the farm business through practical ideas and suggestions seen on farms across Scotland, via our Farming and Water Scotland website, Facebook and Twitter social media accounts.
From ideas about how to minimise rainwater water taking up valuable space in your slurry tower, to ways to protect watercourses from livestock poaching, there are lots of ideas and resources on the Farming and Water Scotland pages.
The Scottish Government have announced that amendments made to the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 will come into force from 1 January 2022.
Amendments include improving controls on the storage of slurries and digestate to reduce leakage, as well as more targeted spreading to maximise the nutrient benefits of these manures whilst reducing the emissions associated with them.
You can read the full statement from the Scottish Government and access the amendments here.
Since summer 2016, Farming and Water Scotland have been attending agricultural shows and events across Scotland, hearing from farmers and land managers about what they have done to reduce diffuse pollution risks and benefit the farm business, and sharing these ideas and solutions with others. We hope to be back at key events once Covid-19 restrictions allow. With knowledgeable SAC Consultants and specialists, plus informed and experienced SEPA Catchment Coordinators on hand, attending events give a great opportunity to hear about the range of practical solutions put in place by farmers and land managers across Scotland, and for us to share these tips and ideas about how others can (and have) found real benefit for the farm business through actions to reduce diffuse pollution risks, keeping on the right side of the regulations and protect and enhance farm water quality.
For more information on events and to see what other farmers have done -