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Consultations, surveys, notices, and selected stakeholder newsletters and industry events in the eastern region

Grant support for farmers in East Anglia's protected landscapes

Farmers in protected landscapes across East Anglia, including Suffolk Coast & Heaths, the Norfolk Coast, Dedham Vale and the Broads National Park can all benefit from grants available for environmental and related projects. Defra's Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) programme, part of its transition programme as we move away from the CAP, provides grant funding to farmers in these areas for projects benefitting climate, nature, people and place. Projects funded recently under the scheme include orchard restoration in south Suffolk, the establishment of a pasture cropping system on the Norfolk Coast, and in the Broads, a storage reservoir with surrounding landscaping, which also create and connect wildlife habitats. Applications for the current year close on January 31st, but the scheme will run until March 2024 and we are now considering applications for next year. To find out more contact your local FiPL officer:

  • Broads National Park: Hannah Norman, hannah.norman@broads-authority.gov.uk 07900 266496
  • Norfolk Coast: Gemma Clark, gemma.clark@norfolk.gov.uk 01328 850539
  • Suffolk Coast & Heaths and Dedham Vale: Lynn Eldrett, aonbfarmgrants@suffolk.gov.uk 01394 445227

Avian influenza update

Outbreak Case Summary

In summary, since the first case confirmed in this outbreak on the 26 October 2021, seven cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in Great Britain:

  • 5 are in England: 5 cases of HPAI H5N1
  • 1 is in Scotland: 1 case of HPAI H5N1
  • 1 is in Wales: 1 case of HPAI H5N1
  • No cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.

Keepers can check where disease control zones are located and if they are in zone on the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) interactive map.

For further information on the cases above and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones surrounding each premises see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu-cases-and-disease-control-zones-in-england

Game birds

DEFRA has issued advice on avian influenza and gamebirds here:

https://www.gfa.org.uk/user_files/uploads/Bird_Flu_and_Gamebirds%20-%2012%20Nov%202021.pdf

Bird keepers are reminded that an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across Great Britain effective from 5pm on 3 November 2021.

High standards of biosecurity must be maintained as good practice for the health of your birds, and that good biosecurity is an essential defence against diseases such as avian influenza and is key to limiting the spread of avian influenza in an outbreak.

Keepers must keep a close watch on their birds for any signs of disease, and should seek prompt advice from a vet if they have any concerns. Clinical signs indicative of avian influenza must be reported in England to Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. In Wales, contact 0300 303 8268. In Scotland, contact to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.

Biosecurity guidance and information on the latest avian influenza situation are available at:

A ban on bird gatherings was introduced last week following on from the introduction of the AIPZ.

Changes to the Bird Gatherings General License in force from 0:01 8th November 2021 include:

  • Gatherings include (but are not limited to) bird fairs, markets, shows, sales, exhibitions, and some premises used for dealing or internet sales. In addition, vehicles used to transport live birds where the birds are brought together from multiple premises (so called many-to-one or many-to-many activities) are also considered gatherings. Gatherings are only permitted if licenced.
  • Bird gathering general licences have been made available by Defra, Scottish Government and Welsh Government permitting bird gatherings in England, Scotland and Wales respectively, provided they have been notified to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) at least 7 days before the event and that the gathering meets all the requirements of the relevant general licence.

Water for Tomorrow Project

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Water for Tomorrow is an EU Interreg France (Channel) England project which will develop and test innovative water management tools and decision-making support systems.

The project will address challenges related to over-abstraction, increasing water demand, and decreasing water availability due to climate change.

Water for Tomorrow wants to hear from landowners. They would like to know what you are doing now that reduces your water needs on your land. If you are doing something like rainwater harvesting, on-farm storage or innovative water reuse, then they want to hear about it.

You can find out more about this project via the website http://water-for-tomorrow.com/ or please send your best practice examples to info@water-for-tomorrow.com.

New Lincolnshire charity

Lincolnshire Rural and Agricultural Chaplaincy is a new charity for the rural and agricultural communities in Greater Lincolnshire widening the Agricultural Chaplaincy work across the county.

The current Agricultural Chaplain Alan Robson is now joined by three Associate Agricultural Chaplains covering the south, mid and north of the county and this charity will fund their great work.

Working alongside other rural charities, The Lincolnshire Rural and Agricultural Chaplaincy is different from the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network (LRSN) and other charities with which Rev. Alan Robson collaborates. Chaplains are a comforter, a catalyst for change, a champion ensuring rural voices are heard and a connector creating links between organisations and people.

Chairperson Meryl Ward commented: โ€œThe launch of the new charity comes at a critical time for the rural and agricultural community as we face the biggest change in rural policy for a generation. Chaplaincy is an essential service to rural life, providing pastoral care, independent voices to champion rural issues and being that catalyst for change. Canon Alan Robson has achieved so much already, and now is the time to extend his work.โ€

The current Agricultural Chaplain Rev Canon Alan Robson explains how this charity differs from The Lincolnshire Rural Support Network which he founded in 1998: โ€œThis is a new development increasing โ€˜people centredโ€™ capacity on top of the outstanding work of colleagues in LRSN. Chaplaincy is consistently creative and refreshing how we communicate faith, hope and love for all people in an ever changing agricultural and rural landscape. This is the right time to launch an additional group of passionate individuals who will meet the needs of vulnerable people whoever they are in the countryside. Yes, the focus is farming community but we will be raising the mental health and social care issues beyond our farming family. Intentional collaboration with a wide range of partners to link town and country as we all face the challenges of climate change upon our social community lives. The Chaplains will be well placed to aid others and LRSN in that holistic spiritual reflection. Exciting possibilities and new adventures.โ€

To discover more about the charity visit lrac.org.uk or follow Lincolnshire Rural and Agricultural Chaplaincy on facebook and Twitter @LRAChaplains.

Agricultural plastic disposal project

Independent research agency Kantar Public has been hired by Defra and the Environment Agency to run a research project that works in collaboration with farmers and other industry stakeholders including waste collectors, manufacturers, re-processors, farm assurance schemes, the NFU, FWAG and CLA.

The aim of the project is to identify and develop potential interventions (for example a good waste management guide) that can make it easier for agricultural plastics to be disposed of.

Discussions can be arranged to suit farmer preferences and can be either online, by telephone, or researchers can also visit farms if welcome. They will be taking place in October and November, but exact dates and times can be agreed to best suit each farmer.

Kantar is particularly interested in hearing from livestock and arable farmers who use silage wrap and other plastic films but perspectives from different types of farms, who may use other forms of plastic, are very welcome.

The project focuses on farms in the southern regions of England (from Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly to Kent and up into East Anglia) however if there are willing farmers outside of these areas, we would be happy to speak to them.

If you are keen to help, please contact Maria Gaffario at Kantar Maria.Gafforio@kantar.com or 0795 189 0318

Please note that this is a collaborative project, and all discussions will be anonymous.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust Farm Advisory Team recruitment

The SWT is building a team that will support farmers to develop sustainable, nature-friendly farming businesses by providing a wide range of important advice and support.

This will include traditional and new approaches to agri-environment, novel funding streams for specific projects and developing approaches to blended finance in the agricultural support system.

The advisory team will consist initially of three dedicated staff members working to support wildlife on farms, with an aim to add a fourth role soon. Two roles are now being recruited and to see these exciting opportunities please click here.

Farming conference returns

The East of England Farming Conference returns to the East of England Showground in Peterborough on 18 November.

Tickets for the conference are now on sale and CLA members can receive a 10% discount on the ticket price by using the code EoEFC21CLA when booking.

Visit www.eoefarmingconference.co.uk

Farming in Protected Landscapes programme

The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme is a part of Defraโ€™s Agricultural Transition Plan. It will offer funding to farmers and land managers in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), National Parks and the Broads. It is not an agri-environment scheme.

The programme will fund projects that:

  • support nature recovery
  • mitigate the impacts of climate change
  • provide opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and its cultural heritage
  • support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses

The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme has been developed by Defra with the support of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Park staff from across England.

It will run from July 2021 to March 2024.

Further details for this region here:

Broads and Norfolk Coast https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/looking-after/projects/farming-in-protected-landscapes

Suffolk Coast https://www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org/managing/farming-in-protected-landscapes/

The Chilterns https://www.chilternsaonb.org/projects/farming-in-protected-landscapes.html

Lincolnshire Wolds https://www.lincswolds.org.uk/news/farming-in-protected-landscapes-programme