Agricultural Policy

GWCT 2021 Big Farmland Bird Count biggest yet

With the support from the Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW), this year's Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Big Farmland Bird Count saw the highest number of participants and amount of land area covered since the initiative began in 2014.

Despite adverse weather during the counting period between 5th and 21st February 2021, participation in Wales increased by 37% on last year to a total of 115 farmers, recording 107 species over more than 34,000 acres.

The Big Farmland Bird Count asks land managers to spend 30 minutes recording the different bird species that they see on their land. It provides farmers and landowners with a simple method for assessing the state of birdlife on their farm each year alongside long term conservation works. Likewise, it highlights the positive work done by farmers and landowners in helping reverse the decline in farmland birds and demonstrates the long-term commitment of Welsh farmers and landowners to conservation alongside productive land use.

A total of 22 species from the Red List for Birds of Conservation Concern were recorded in this year’s count. The five most abundant birds seen across Wales were woodpigeon, starling, chaffinch, fieldfare and lapwing with a total of over 9,200 counted, making up over 36% of the total number of birds recorded.

The average farm size of those taking part was 299 acres with 58% of those being part of some form of agri-environment scheme.

DPJ Foundation Coastal Path Challenge

The DPJ Foundation, with help from Wales prop and farmer Wyn Jones, recently launched a new challenge to combine physical activity and rural mental health.

The Wales Coastal Path Challenge is open to individuals and teams (up to four) to run or walk the length of the Wales Coast Path - a total of 870 miles - within three months. The challenge will run from 26th April until 18th July, which would have been the eve of the 2021 Royal Welsh Show.

The DPJ Foundation is the leading mental health charity working with the agricultural community in Wales. Established in July 2016 following the suicide of Daniel Picton Jones, the DPJ Foundation raises awareness of mental health in rural communities and provides support when it is needed most.

“Share the Load” the DPJ Foundation’s confidential 24-hour telephone (0800 587 4262) and text (07860 048 799) line provides callers with access to Samaritans trained volunteers who will listen without judgement and who can help. Through Share the Load, callers can also get access to qualified counsellors, free of charge, within a week of their call to the service.

Continuing from the hugely successful #RUN1000 challenge earlier this year which saw 567 people in Wales help raise a total of more than £45,000 for UK rural mental health charities, this challenge will help people meet the 5 Ways to Wellbeing set out by the NHS:

  1. Connect with other people
  2. Be physically active
  3. Learn new skills
  4. Give to others
  5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

For more information on the DPJ Foundation, please visit: www.thedpjfoundation.co.uk
To join the challenge please visit: https://thedpjfoundation.wlve.co.uk/

 

Conservation Grazing on Grassland webinars

Magnificent Meadows Cymru, in collaboration with PONT, is running a series of three webinars about Conservation Grazing on Grassland.

The series is aimed at landowners, smallholders, farmers and graziers across Wales who are interested in learning more about conservation grazing.

The first (see below) webinar will introduce conservation grazing and its practicalities, the second (13th May) will talk about advantages of using different animal breeds and the third (27th May) will look at grazing on different grassland habitat types.

Part 1 - Conservation grazing on grassland - Introduction to conservation grazing and its practicalities
Date & time: 29th April 2021, 6-7.30pm
Lead speaker: Hilary Kehoe
More details on the session and to register your interest: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M0igXjqzREKIti6TGdYRvg

Free resistance testing to rodenticides in rats and mice

Pest controllers, farmers and gamekeepers are being asked to help create a more accurate picture of resistance to rodenticides in rats and mice as part of the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) testing programme in exchange for a free indiciation of their location’s status.

This is being offered following the latest surveillance by the CRRU which found that three-quarters of rats analysed carried a resistance gene and that one in five had two different genes, known as hybrid-resistance.

The testing involves collecting 2-3cm tail ends from freshly deceased rats or mice and sending by post in free packaging kits which are available with instructions here.

Without collecting such evidence, there could be further restrictions on the use of rodenticides if they continue to be used where they are ineffective or unnecessary.

British Farming Awards 2021

For its ninth year, the British Farming Awards will return in 2021 to celebrate the diversity, innovation and adaptability of farmers across all sectors.

The event - organised by AgriBriefing with the support of Morrisons - will reward farmers in areas such as family farms, students and new entrants alongside its core sectors namely dairy, beef, sheep, arable and machinery.

New to the 2021 event includes an award for Sustainability Innovator of the Year to recognise farmers that are farming with the environment and working to safeguard the future of farming for the next generation.

The awards also welcome nominations from businesses that have introduced new ways of working, whether through adopting new technologies, finding new markets or educating the general public on UK agriculture.

The closing date for entries is 25th June 2021. Click to enter or to nominate.

Click here for more information.

COVID-19 - Gwybodaeth Bwysig i’n haelodau a chwsmeriaid

Yn dilyn gwasgariad y Coronafeirws (COVID-19), rydym wedi penderfynu amddiffyn aelodau, cwsmeriaid a chyd-aelodau staff trwy gau pob swyddfa FUW. 

Bydd pob aelod o staff yn gweithio oddi ar ein safleoedd am y dyfodol rhagweladwy, golygir y bydd ein timau yn parhau i gynnig yr holl wasanaethau dros ffon/e-bost/skype neu ffyrdd eraill o gyfathrebu o bell. 

Dylai aelodau a chwsmeriaid barhau i gysylltu gyda ni yn yr un modd ag arfer, gellir cysylltu â’r staff trwy ddefnyddio’r rhifau ffôn arferol.  

Byddwn yn sicrhau bod safon ein gwasanaethau yn parhau. Caiff apwyntiadau SAF/IACS barhau fel yr arfer ond fe cant eu gwneud dros y ffôn. 

Gweler manylion cyswllt eich swyddfa leol yma: https://fuw.org.uk/cy/cysylltwch

 

Linciau pwysig ynglŷn â'r Coronafeirws:

 

Mae Hwb TB wedi paratoi rhestr o gwestiynnau a ofynnir yn aml parthed sut caiff prosesau TB eu heffeihtio gan y feirws: https://tbhub.co.uk/statutory-tb-testing-of-cattle-in-gb-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Tractor Coch (Red Tractor) dwieddariad yma: https://assurance.redtractor.org.uk/contentfiles/Farmers-7085.pdf?_=637206600290507095

Cymdeithas Arwerthwyr Da-byw - 25/03/2020: https://www.laa.co.uk/news/3989/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-to-members-and-farmers/

Busnes Cymru (sy’n cynnwys gwybdooaeth am gefnogaeth i fusnesau oherwydd y Coronafeirws): https://businesswales.gov.wales/cy/cyngor-coronafeirws

Cynllun benthyg Coronafeirws oherwydd ymyriad i fusnes ar gael trwy fenthycwyr sy'n cymryd rhan: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/  
 
Canllawiau Cymdeithas Genedlaethol y Contractwyr Amaethyddol (NAAC) ar Coronafeirws: https://www.naac.co.uk/coronavirus-guidance-issued-to-contractors/
 
Gwasanaethau Cofnodi Llaeth Cenedlaethol 24/03/2020: https://www.nmr.co.uk/about-us/coronavirus