This catchment is north of the village of Ballycanew, near Gorey in Co. Wexford. It is just over 1,100ha in area. The main farm enterprises are beef and dairying with spring barley being the main tillage crop. It is mainly representative of heavier soils used for grass-based production in the south and south-east of Ireland. About 2/3 of the catchment has poorly drained soils being on the edge of the Mackamores; as a result phosphorus is the main nutrient at risk of loss from this site through overland flow.There is also a risk of nitrogen loss through leaching on the more freely drained soils to the west of the catchment.
A field site has been selected to carry out baseline and Controlled Application trials of MCPA.The Actionlab will then be monitoring its movement in the environment post-application.