• THE Countryside Council for Wales is urging landowners to remember the importance of gravel on the banks of rivers for breeding birds and other wildlife. It advises that stock should be controlled on shingle banks during the nesting season to overcome the problem of trampled nests.
• THE Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers is inviting nominations for the Princess Royal Award which is presented for outstanding achievement for the benefit of the UK dairy industry. Application forms can be obtained from Dairy House, 60 Kenilworth Road, Leamington Spa, Warks CV32 6JX.
• WALKERS travelling Offas Dyke national trail are providing a significant boost to rural communities along the way, according to a new survey by the Countryside Council for Wales.
The survey found that long distance walkers spent an average of nearly £24/day on accommodation, in local shops and on transport. A survey conducted in 1994/95 revealed that 120,000 walked the trail and pumped at least £2m to the local economy. *