Yet More Greed and Wanton Habitat Destruction in Dyffryn Nantlle, Gwynedd, North Wales

- A Destructive Practice of Ignorance For Ever More Land, Sheep, and Payments...

Drainage? - What Drainage? - Following on from the destruction of a valuable wildlife wetland habitat and a vitally important floodplain soakaway, not to mention the half-witted attempt to recreate a more acceptable, more manageable, version (read: as much usable acreage as possible gouged out of the available space, and to hell with the consequences, whilst claiming everything we can in the way of CAP payments) we have now arrived at the inevitable result:

As the drainage ditches were according to Ordnance Survey map and Land Registry data (top two images, with detail and important tributaries as shown on the second):

- Land Registry fenland area with main drainage channels -
- Ordnance Survey fenland area with main drainage channels -

As the drainage ditches were prior to the Great Destruction (ie: before the 'farmers' took it upon themselves to destroy this fenland habitat): in a cross pattern to mid-way down the field area, with two broken leg pattern channels to the river and a separate 'sickle' drainage channel also adjoining the river.

- drainage channels as they actually were prior to the destruction of the fenland area -
It should also be noted that the hook-shaped drainage channel to the left of the above image actually constitutes, in part, a border to a separate, gated, enclosure (patterned area bordering the river) and was fortunate in this respect, in that it allowed it to escape much of the destruction visited upon the rest of the fenland area (as did the very small copse to the top of this enclosed area. This also makes the field area appear to be incorrect with respect to the actual map area when viewed from the ground.

- top drainage channel after being oversprayed but prior to being covered over and removed -
The following image is a close-up of the top drainage channel showing the environmental benefits of being oversprayed with industrial strength herbicide ...right before being casually ploughed, filled, and compacted [ above image: 28.06.2018, ditch image: 01.07.2018 ].

- drainage channel after being oversprayed with herbicide -

As can be seen in the next video clip, the channel that previously bisected the top of the top of the field has now been ploughed over and probably infilled with aggregates to firm it up, whilst the point where it previously joined the other drainage channels is now an even larger pile of rocks, doubtless supplemented by other rocks cleared from the fenland during The Great Destruction.

Obviously it is not difficult to see that The 'Farmers' of the Destroyed Fenland intended to cover themselves against the removal of the drainage ditches by pointing everyone to the OS and Land Registry map data and trying to pretend that they had done no such thing. Unfortunately for them, the photographic evidence alone more than proves their culpability in this matter (even ignoring the fact that there is more surface water on the ground around the ditches than there is in, or moving through, the ditches).

In addition to destroying the top bisection channel, the lower channel no longer functions as it should as a result of the areas bordering the channel being ploughed and compacted, with water from those areas now forming large lakes of water and seas of mud as opposed to draining anywhere, nevermind into the drainage ditches.¹

- view from the boulders showing the new floodplain -

- seas of mud and small lakes -
- seas of mud and small lakes -
- seas of mud and small lakes -
- some areas proved just too wet to eradicate -
- seas of mud and small lakes -
- using heavy mechanical grading to level an embankment -
- a muddy access point across the drainage ditch -
- some of the ditches are slowly recovering -
- removal of saplings and undergrowth as part of levelling an embankment -
- a solitary clump of marsh grass and what remains of the embankment -
- the river silting up and overflowing the field area -
- the river in flood around the stone pillars of the old bridge -
- more flood and overflow of the lower field area -
- the river in flood around the stone pillars of the old bridge, showing more of the flooded field area -


What remains of the drainage ditches is showing signs of recovery (at least until the 'farmers' next decide to overspray and poison them, infill them with mud and aggregates, or simply destroy them for the sheer ignorance of doing so); although the sickle (to re-use my earlier description) is in very poor shape: muddy, clearly polluted, and scarcely more than a dip in the ground along a good part of it; as can be seen in the following video clip:


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