Monday 27 July 2015

Castle Pond Pembroke

I cannot Photograph the Stench
Go and look at Castle Pond stench black water fish throwing them selves out of the water to escape  the toxicity.
Give it another few hours everything will be dead shame on you
 PCC.21C go jump in the pond,you  will then  find someone has stolen the lifesavers. 

Tuesday 21 July 2015

National Trust nonsense

Water Management
Pembrokeshire Farmer July 2015 Page 20
The streams such as illustrated in Stackpole Churchyard have a fauna and flora which depends on clear water ,gravel and rock beds.
The illustrated “solutions” are the worst possible,runoff is legally the responsibility of the contractor or farmer.
Agricultural run off is the responsibility and the self interest of the cultivators of the eroding land and must not be displaced to the shared water courses.
There is Legislation in place which controls agricultural run off.
There is legislation to enforce compliance, and specific rules about cultivation, cattle access to water courses, and prevention of surface run off.
Enforce the above.

Before any actiona
Research methods and practice employed by the original canal and drainage engineers of the Seventeen Hundreds .
Part of the catchment area is red sandstone draining to fractured limestone dry valleys.
The fractured limestone aquifer has many outflows at sea level the aquifer can rise and fall seasonally by many feet
The engineers turned a seasonal water flow to the ponds into an impounded system.
Before the valley was damned all the seepage points and springs were identified and puddled with blue clay to seal in a basic level body of water this set a minimum level.
Several were destroyed by recent dredging by NT which should have been stopped at the first sign of the puddled blue clay.
The water to maintain the rare plants and animals has to be managed and cropped regularly to to stop eutrophication The cut vegetation must be removed. .
This ceased in the late fifties, and now is only spasmodic it needs to be planned intense and regular.
The pond above the one arch bridge is now woodland and has always had to be regularly cleared that is no longer feasible and should be allowed to become woodland.
The pond to the Hidden Bridge is open water.
The stretch below was cleared several years ago but dredging clearance and tree felling was overseen by casuals and is an example of how not to do it to introduce people to the ponds, they were cleared to the waters edge leaving intruders in full view no longer a refuge for wildfowl,
A thin margin of vegetation allows wild life to be observed but not driven away.
See Main Pond at the Grassy Bridge,footpath at the waters edge
Main Pond management abandoned
Fallen trees should be left in the pond to shelter fish fry vulnerable in the clear open water
Freshwater Mussels must be conserved.
Visitors only see the semi domesticated species all the migratory water birds no longer use the ponds .
The water quality is the problem.
Occasional sea water improves the fauna and flora.
A base line survey must be made of the rare species in the ponds which are management sensitive to evaluate management.
We have no confidence in the oversight by the designated so called partners with only little superficial scientific knowledge
Their record of scientific conservation is appalling
Ian Campbell 200715

Dated photographs www,

Saturday 18 July 2015

National Trust

National Trust Freshwater West 18072015 Display was Economical with the Truth
No mention that the now partially demolished and degraded Grade Two Listed Bridge Chamber and Culvert which won the Royal Society Gold Medal for Agriculture in 1800 and maintained the unique balance between wildlife and agriculture for 200 years ,partially demolished by the National Trust to earn £3.5 million for filming on the beach who then promised to rebuild it, and are now refusing to do so
National Trust said that as it had been built after 1948 it was ineligible for preservation. The three alternatives now proposed by them are in cynical denial of all the facts.
The National Trust have removed most of the traces of the “temporary structure” from the beach but the remaining massive limestone blocks are certainly not temporary the white granite blocks have been sold those alone could partially cover the cost of rebuild.
The Chamber is being damaged repeatedly by the National Trust and soon will fail
The agriculture and SSSI depend on occasional salt water to maintain the alkalinity of a Calcareous Water Meadow.
We managed the only other Calcareous Water Meadow in Wales for twenty years.
The National Trust accuse us of being senile with false memories, my degree in Botany and Zoology and membership of the West Wales field Society in 1947 count for nothing to their employees who cannot even be bothered to consult all the local records, and who hold locals in contempt.
The Culvert must be rebuilt the Chamber damaged by the National Trust must be repaired.

Saturday 11 July 2015

Freshwater West

National Trust maintenance of the SSSI which has a critical water level ruined by  abandoned sea defences to save money

Solar Security

The first solar farms blended into the countryside, after a series of thefts of solar panels the new installations have security fences with lights and cameras surrounded by a gravel strip reminiscent of  a high security military base.

Friday 10 July 2015

Pembroke Pond

once again healthy productive pond 21C

Pembroke Mill Pond

Planning permission stipulated that the LNR had a strip left undisturbed for wild  life.
This is his third attempt work done on a Friday afternoon when PCC TPO has gone home.