'Farming for the Future' forging forwards

'The ‘Farming for the Future’ project has had a fantastic summer, with an exciting programme of activities over Meadows Weekend and a series of new wetlands being created with the UK’s only rotary ditcher.

Meadow Weekend at the Nene Wetlands near Rushden included scything workshops, nature walks and a photography safari. On 13 and 14 July experts Matt Johnson, Steve Tomlin and Ryan Clark took groups of visitors through wildflower meadow management and species identification.

Photo by Wildlife Trust BCN

Photo by Wildlife Trust BCN

Photo by Rob Enderby

Photo by Rob Enderby

Also underway at the beginning of August is the creation of a series of shallow ditches totalling more than 7km and 13 scrapes across 15 fields in the Nene Valley for breeding and overwintering waders. The 15 fields are distributed between Upton near Northampton and Stoke Doyle near Oundle. To create these shallow ditches, which will be filled with water and encourage a more diverse range of habitats and wildlife, a big piece of machinery known as a rotary ditcher will be used.

Preparing for the rotary ditcher

Preparing for the rotary ditcher

The rotary ditcher in action

The rotary ditcher in action