At a secret location in the rolling pasture of west Devon lies a marshy patch of farmland protected by £35,000-worth of solar-powered electric fencing. This isn’t to keep people out but to restrain the tree-chomping, river-damming residents of these three hectares. Outside the fence is a typical small valley, with a trickle of a stream, willow thickets and pasture grazed by cattle. Inside the enclosure, the tiny stream has been blocked by 13 dams, creating pools and half-metre-wide canals.
This role is fundamental in providing specialist flood risk responses to planning consultations, ensuring the principles within Welsh Government's Technical Advice Note 15 (Development & Flood Risk) are applied to new developments, reducing the damage floods can do and helping to implement more flood resilient design.
Commercial forestry could help Wales meet its woodland goals.
The Welsh government should work with commercial logging interests to help it plant enough trees to meet its woodland strategy, according to a committee of the National Assembly for Wales.
It would help ameliorate the effects of climate change and makes Wales self sufficient in timber production.
The UK’s woodlands are worth £1.8bn in pollution removal services, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
A Yorkshire council has welcomed the Government's announcement of £30m of funding for a major flood defence scheme.
The Calderdale Flood Partnership Board has approved the flood scheme for Mytholmroyd after an investigation by the Environment Agency established it would provide the 'highest possible standard of flood protection for the village'.
The village of Mytholmroyd, which is outside the town of Hebden Bridge, was severely affected by the 2015 Boxing Day floods.
A framework for developing natural capital accounting for soil has been developed by a team of scientists led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH).
The framework, published on 27 July, should help countries establish a monitoring and assessment information system for soil that can inform economic, social and environmental policy.
Conservation efforts on moorland in the Peak District and South Pennines is helping slow stormwater run-off, raise the water table and increase plant species, according to new research.
Research carried out by the Moors for the Future Partnership and the University of Manchester surveyed 12 years’ worth of data on work to improve the health of the moorlands through the reintroduction of native plants.
Dundee city councillors have agreed to spend £6,917,574 on a flood protection scheme.
The scheme will run from Camperdown dock to Dundee Airport; providing flooding protection to the city's new £1billion waterfront area, including the open space at Slessor Gardens.
The work - awarded to Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering - will see the height of the existing sea wall adapted and has been described as giving "a one-in-200-year standard of protection".
After the floods in 2007 in Sheffield the Environment Agency undertook a comprehensive programme of works to clear the River Don of tree growth, vegetation and debris. Both eyewitness accounts and subsequent modelling demonstrated the capacity of the channel was significantly compromised by years of under managed tree growth and invasive species growth during the summer months. Work started with significant tree clearance and shoal removal at a site upstream of the city centre.
It is essential to improve the way water-related issues are communicated to non-technical people if the multiple benefits of urban rivers and streams are to be realised, an independent environmental consultant has said.