Improving river water quality together

Dickleburgh Stream, Norfolk

Farmer engagement in the Dickleburgh Stream catchment is carried out by our adviser Ian Skinner. Ian is new to the Company but lives locally and has a wealth of experience in the Waveney catchment more broadly through his career within the agriculture sector.

Dickleburgh Stream Catchment
Adviser: Ian Skinner
Tel: 07919496949 Email:

Ian’s work will see him delivering face to face engagement and farm appraisals to review existing practises, equipment and pesticide handling facilities. These visits aim to promote best practice and identify suitable improvements and recommendations you can undertake on your holding. Many of these may be eligible for our Pesti-wise infrastructure and equipment grants if you farm within the Dickleburgh Stream target area:

Within the Dickleburgh Stream catchment, Ian will actively seek to identify potential users of metaldehyde and other pesticides, with an objective to reduce peak and average pesticide concentrations at the sub-catchment level and to raise awareness of the issues that these actives present to Essex & Suffolk Water.

In support of this work, we are monitoring pesticide concentrations in the Dickleburgh Stream and a control catchment to evaluate the impact of the Pesti-wise project.

In addition to our Pesti-wise initiative, Essex & Suffolk Water will also continue to undertake “abstraction management” each autumn to actively try to take water from the Waveney when metaldehyde concentrations are lowest, to continue to ensure we provide our customers with clean, clear water that tastes good.

Pesti-wise Infrastructure and Equipment Grant Scheme

As part of the Pesti-wise initiative, we are offering a range of grant funded items to improve both field and yard activities. Contact Ian to find out more.

Sprayer Filling Area Options
Bunded Sprayer Filling Area £60/m2
Roofing of Sprayer Filling and Washdown Areas £93/m2
Lined Biobed with Bunded Filling Areas £177/m2
Biofilters £1485/unit
Precision Equipment Options
Precision Slug Pellet Applicator 75% of cost (excluding VAT) up to maximum of £15,000
Sprayer Auto-Section Shut Off 75% of cost (excluding VAT) up to maximum of £10,000
Straw Rake 75% of cost (excluding VAT) up to maximum of £10,000
SuDs Options
Various options including sediment ponds and traps, earth banks and soil bunds, silt filtration dams or seepage barriers, swales, check dams Grant funding dependent on project

Please note: The grant will normally be calculated excluding VAT.

Pesti-Wise Pro-active:

This section provides you with the latest information on the Pesti-wise work within the Dickleburgh Stream and an update on the pesticide results for this sub-catchment.


combine harvester in field  

Working with farmers and growers within specific target sub-catchments to address the issue of elevated pesticide levels in streams and rivers, from which water is taken to produce drinking water. Find out more

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