Industrial crops for sustainable energy and materials on show at the RWAS Grass and Muck event
June 11, 2024
Grass and Muck Event
The Sustainable Grass and Muck event held on Thursday, 30th May 2024, at Aberystwyth University Farm, Trawsgoed, was a significant gathering for sharing knowledge on sustainable agricultural practices in the face of changing climatic conditions. The event, one of the largest of its kind in the UK, drew visitors from across the country.
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Companion cropping trial
May 29, 2024
Seeds weighed out ready for sowing
Members of the Biomass Connect team have been in the field hand-sowing seeds as part of a small trial to explore the potential of using companion crops within willow SRC to aid growth, suppress weeds and benefit biodiversity, led by Dr Rebecca Rowe of UKCEH.
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Bird Surveys on Biomass Plantations – March 2024
May 22, 2024
Bird Surveys in March
Part of our ongoing series looking at birds in and around willow and Miscanthus crops in Devon and Somerset. The films feature ornithologist and wildlife detective Ed Drewitt (along with BC team member Kevin Lindegaard of Crops for Energy).
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Connect Issue #6
May 21, 2024
Issue #6 of the Connect Newsletter is now available. The Connect Newsletters contain updates on project activities, details of the latest events, and news from across the wider biomass industry.
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Innovations in biomass, biodiversity, carbon capture and soil health at the Headley Hall NIAB demonstration day 
May 21, 2024
Earthworm Survey
This demonstration day provided valuable insights into advancements and practical applications in biomass crops, carbon capture, and sustainable farming practices, highlighting the benefits of a collaborative approach to future projects.
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Thrushes Nesting in Pollarded Poplar Trees at the BGI Demonstrator Hub
May 01, 2024
While performing a routine morning fence inspection an unexpected sight caught my attention – a bird gliding low towards the pollarded poplar trees...
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Miscanthus variety trial planting at IBERS Demonstrator Hub
April 26, 2024
Miscanthus variety trial 2024 planting at the IBERS Demonstrator Hub
In addition to these, 5 of the Biomass Connect Demonstrator Hubs also have a Miscanthus variety trial which itself has two plots, a 2023 planting and a 2024 planting. The 2024 plots are currently being planted now, so here are some photos of the IBERS team in action planting out the variety trials into the 2024 plot.
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IBERS Demonstrator Hub Miscanthus Harvest 2024
April 25, 2024
A selection of photos from the recent Miscanthus harvest at the IBERS Demonstrator Hub.The Miscanthus x giganteus was cut in the middle of March and then baled earlier this week using a round-chopper baler.
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Biomass Connect at the Argus Biomass Conference
April 24, 2024
Biomass Connect at the Argus Biomass Conference
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