Partnership Working Above Mousehole

The Environment Agency (EA) are making significant Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) investment in the village of Mousehole on mitigating and managing the peak flows that can occur in both The Paul and Tumble Tyn streams.

The EA are also working with members of Cornwall’s Catchment Partnership (CCP) and have a small team working in the upper catchment on farmland above the village. The objective being, to identify the areas at risk of water runoff as well as looking at the condition of the soils in that area. 

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As well as understanding how water flows through the catchment, it also relates to understanding how to hold more water in the upper catchment at the time of an extreme weather event so that it does not all flow to the bottom of the hill ( i.e. Mousehole) at the same time. This involves working with natural processes.

Another aspect looks at soils husbandry and things like compaction, soil condition which can act as barriers to water attenuation and how these issues can be improved on. This is good news for farmers as soils in good condition are more productive, require less expensive inputs and have better drought resistance.

New Farming Rules for Water have now come into place and aim; to keep soil on the land, Better match nutrient applications to crop and soil needs and, Keep livestock fertilisers and manures out of our waters. 

One element of the Soils work above Mousehole involves digging holes in fields and looking at the compaction and friability. Through this work the team now have detailed knowledge of the soil condition as well as an understanding of other risk factors.

The next stage will be to communicate this to the farmers and then work with them on a range of options that exist to reduce the risk, improve the soil quality and enhance long term profitability.