Following our visit yesterday where we discovered a slurry pollution situation at a farm in the Barlewan catchment, I am pleased to report that the landowners have taken our concerns on board and cleaned up the affected area. I am grateful to them for their prompt action. Whilst there’s no denying that the situation should never have occurred, at least now, immediate steps have been taken to correct things. The entire area has been scraped and a bund erected to prevent any slurry reaching the burn. As I understand it, slurry has been leaking through cracked concrete and this will need to be addressed to rectify the situation for the long term.
SEPA have been informed and we hope that they will provide further advice and guidance to the landowners who are keen to prevent any repeat of this situation.
It’s very easy to keep criticising this type of incident and farm performance where this occurs, but we shouldn’t forget to praise those that once made aware of their failings, step up to the mark and improve things.