Wiltshire chalk stream success story

A farmer-led cluster group in Wiltshire has released a video celebrating and showcasing its work in improving the quality of a ‘globally rare’ habitat.

The River Ebble flows through 12 miles of farmland along the Chalke Valley in Wiltshire. It then joins the River Avon near Salisbury. The river supports a wide range of wildlife species and is an important part of the Environmental Farmers Group’s (EFG) conservation work.

The video shows the results of the conservation work being carried out by farmers within the cluster. This includes the installation of cross drains to combat sediment-rich run-off caused by farm tracks and planting Italian Ryegrass after maize to stabilise soil. The EFG aims, through natural capital trading, to deliver better water quality and wildlife habitat across the Hampshire Avon catchment area.

Like the NNCG, the farmers within the EFG are working with a range of partners including the Wessex Rivers Trust, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, FWAG SW and Cranborne Chase AONB on a project called the Crystal Clear Ebble.