- A Destructive Practice of Ignorance For Ever More Land, Sheep, and Payments...
This was the area of fallow land to the right of the green area shown on the top image of the main page of this article: a swathe of wetland behind a large, raised, berm and clearly separated from the main field area, - an area that the 'farmers' quite deliberately crossed into with their tractor and machinery to destroy whilst cutting and attempting to tidy-away the evidence of their activities in the main field area, and almost certainly with full intent to hinder any intervention by Natural Resources Wales.
- this area would most likely be classed as a Buffer Strip (BF15) under Rural Payments Land-Use Codes, and used to count towards both their Ecological Focus Area as a field margin area and their Greening total, with the earthen berm potentially classed as a Non-Utilised Bank (PL01); equally it could be classed as Fen, Marsh or Swamp (IW06), just as the main field area most certainly could prior to The Great Destruction.
Rural Payments Land-Use Codes
- even if this area was used to count towards the farmers' EFA requirement, as a field margin, it cannot be cut for silage or hay until 15th July at the earliest (the actual cutting took place on the 30th June, - 14 days earlier than would be permissable).
- it should also be noted, here, that, excepting unusually hot and dry weather conditions (as were experienced last year), this area would normally be inaccessible to machinery as a result of its wetland nature and, for the main part, would normally be almost covered with flag irises (which are poisonous to livestock), so no farmer who can call themselves such would have any reason for harvesting this area for silage or hay, and no reason for cutting it (especially just as the plants are beginning to flower) beyond pure maliciousness...
...or, more importantly for them, because they knew only too well that the area that they had just destroyed was classed as semi-natural marshy grassland (yellow flag irises being an indicator of such) and so destroyed them to prevent a stop-order from being placed on the work and to hinder any subsequent Natural Resources Wales inspection.
- finally, there is a drainage ditch (technically a water course) running adjacent to this area, which makes this a buffer strip and means that the farmers should not be allowing it to be grazed, either, if claiming for this as part of their EFA; although legislative changes in 2018 have since removed the requirement for land to be adjacent to a water course in order for it to be classed as such.
- [ videos dated 1st July 2018 ]
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