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...

2020: 2019:

:: video 2 :: As It Was
:: slides 2 :: Apocalypse Now: Scorched Earth
:: video 3 :: Buffer Strip Destruction
:: slides 3 :: Cover-Up
:: slides 4 :: Sea of Mud

[ 5th July 2019: ] the area in question, whilst still lacking much of its original character, has now recovered quite well; also, to their credit, the farmers have been leaving this alone, mowing later on in the year, and leaving the border areas intact. The drainage channels have been re-colonised to a large extent, too, and for the time being, at least, even if doubtless unintentially after discovering the meaning of soakaway, this area is serving as a good example of how an area can be (or can revert to) semi-improved without loss of use to the farmer.

- location and Land Registry map of destroyed fenland area -

Fenland or Permanent Grassland, - Which Is It?
Greening, GAEC, Cross-Compliance, and SFP

During the period from August through to September, 2018, under the guise of ploughing and rolling, several tons of crushed aggregate were also buried in the ground in order to eradicate the wetland structure of the ground and to firm it up for sheep grazing. In the process several of the original drainage channels (which were likely put in place by Dŵr Cymru during the laying of a waste water pipe across the floodplain several decades ago) were, likewise, removed, infilled with crushed stone and earth, and compacted or so badly damaged that they no longer serve any purpose.5

This has not only completely destroyed a valuable wetland habitat, making it all but impossible to restore in the process, but has also turned a natural soakaway into a compacted mass of stone and clotted earth that will ultimately become absolutely worthless and serve no purpose beyond causing massive surface erosion and a great deal of debris run-off into the river (which is already silting-up and flooding partly as a direct consequence of this addled approach to land management).

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening application should also have been submitted on this land (and never was) and breaching the regulations is both illegal and a potentially prosecutable offence, with a requirement to reinstate the land to its previous condition and/or a Cross Compliance penalty on the farmer's Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) or Rural Development Scheme payments.

Using DEFRA's CAP search pages, it would appear that those responsible for destroying the soakaway below the B4418 place plenty of 'value' in the environment:

- amounts received under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for 2016 showing combined payments of £66,250.54, including £13,266.97 for Greening -

- amounts received under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for 2017 showing combined payments of £89,491.14, including £17,719.89 for Greening -
...unfortunately, whereas most people value the environment as something to benefit us all, it would appear that they only value it in a form that lines their pocket, so to speak.


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