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Title: Ditch management
Author: Environment Agency South West Region
Document Type: Monograph
This Environment Agency booklet describes the management of ditches. The ditch networks in river valleys have been established over the centuries linked with traditional agricultural practices. Today they contribute to the unique landscape character of the area. Ditches are important habitats for aquatic plants, animals, insects and birds. For example, well-managed ditches provide feeding sites for wildfowl and ground nesting birds, and habitat for water voles and otters. An efficient and maintained ditch system helps drain the land in times of high flows, whilst retaining water during periods of drought. Maintaining water levels and flows enables ditches to function as 'wet fences' and provides drinking water for livestock. Regular management prevents ditches silting up and the banks becoming scrub covered. Financial benefits may be achieved because ditch management can contribute towards premium tier payments under agri-environment schemes.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: [after 1996]
Publication Place: [Exeter]
Subject Keywords: Environmental managementDitchesNature conservationWildlifeEcosystems
Extent: n.p. [5]
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