Meet the farmers of the Chalke Valley, Wiltshire to find out what they are doing to conserve their rare and precious chalk stream. Andrew, Ben and Matthew are members of the Chalke Valley Farmer Cluster and also the pioneering Environmental Farmers Group (EFG), supported by the GWCT.

This is part of the Martin Down Farmer Supercluster

Ref: CSFF110007

Lead: Simon Smart,

Group members: 16

Length of agreement: 5

Area of group (Hectares): 5601

From the CS statement of priorities for Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase, we will deliver the following:

Priority habitats (including SSSI, NNR and SAC):

  • Lowland calcareous grassland – More than 340ha
  • Ancient and native woodland
  • Riparian habitats associated with priority rivers River Ebble
  • Arable field margins

Priority species:

  • Corn bunting
  • Lapwing
  • Turtle Dove
  • Marsh Fritillary
  • Juniper
  • Spotted flycatcher
  • Marsh tit
  • Tree pipit

The Wild Pollinator and Farm Wildlife Package

Water quality:

  • Phosphate, groundwater and river nitrate, sediment priorities within the Hampshire Avon Catchment

Flood risk management:

  • Flood risk management within the River Ebble catchment, upstream of Nunton

Historic environment:

  • Scheduled Monuments (SM)
  • Designated and undesignated farm buildings
  • SHINE sites

Woodland management:

  • Protected Woodland .SSSI