New fencing along the river in the Rural Estate We are carrying out fencing work along the stretch of the River Nene in the Tumuli field on the Rural Estate, in order to protect the watercourse from pollution and bankside erosion caused by cattle poaching. Vegetation will then be able to grow up along the bank side, helping to stabilise the soil, filter run-off from the surrounding fields entering the watercourse and provide habitat for a range of invertebrates and mammals. This work is being funded through the Farming for the Future grant scheme in collaboration with the Wildlife Trust and the P&DAA. The barbed wire used is standard cattle fencing and is essential to keep the cattle away from the riverbank and prevent them from pushing the fencing over. Hand gates have also been installed at either end of the new fence line so the public can still gain access to the riverbank and/or avoid the cattle if they so wish.