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Environment Agency targets soil erosion from Herefordshire fields

A recent BBC Hereford and Worcester report has highlighted the Environment Agency's actions to pinpoint and prevent soil erosion.  When bare soils are subject to wind and rain, substantial amounts of this valuable resource are washed into gullies and streams - where it will settle as silt with disastrous effects on the gravels where fish lay their eggs.

Staff have been out and about spotting potential and actual erosion sites and alerting farmers with recommendations on how to address the problem.  The BBC film shows one field where the farmer has responded quickly and effectively to the EA advice.

Watch the news clip by clicking below.