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Brue Valley Farmers

Farmers are the segment of the community most able to have a direct and immediate impact on wildlife. That’s why we have focused on building those vital relationships in the Brue Valley Living Landscape programme and will continue to work closely with farmers in future.

Most of the land in Brue Valley Living Landscape is farmed, including our grassland nature reserves, and many of the most protected species of wildlife rely upon farmed habitats. The health of our nature reserves is dependent upon neighbouring farmers providing the right kinds of grazing animals and cutting hay. The precious habitats on our land need to be linked and buffered by farmland that is in good environmental condition.

Our current farmer engagement work is delivered through the Hills to Levels partnership, supported by the Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.  We will help farmers to farm in a way that reduces flood risk, while enhancing wildlife and producing high quality food.

Do you farm in the Somerset Levels catchment? Find out how Hills to Levels can help you.

Lower catchment

Upper catchment

Hills to Levels

We produce a newsletter for landowners and farmers in Brue Valley Living Landscape entitled View from the Brue, which includes articles on managing wet grassland, problem species and grants.

View from the Brue winter 2014

View from the Brue spring 2014

View from the Brue summer 2013

View from the Brue winter 2012

View from the Brue summer 2012

View from the Brue summer 2011

View from the Brue winter 2010

View from the Brue spring 2010

View from the Brue summer 2009