Environment Agency are seeking an experienced technical fisheries officer to join their busy fisheries, biodiversity and geomorphology team in Herts, North London. The role includes providing technical advice on a range of internal and external projects, consents and permit applications, including live fish movement permits, flood risk activity permits and pre-development applications for large scale infrastructure projects, all of which may impact on the fisheries environment and resource.
The South East Rivers Trust (SERT) is an environmental charity dedicated to achieving healthy river ecosystems, for all, across the South East of England (including parts of South London, Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, East Sussex and Kent). The Trust's mission is to deliver outstanding river ecosystem enhancement through science-based action, collaboration, education and engagement. SERT has recently expanded its area of coverage having grown out of the Wandle Trust.
Many rivers are not perennial, and experience periods of zero-flow along part or all of their channel length. Some have annual patterns of flow and zero-flow in response to groundwater level or snowmelt (intermittent), some flow only briefly in response to rainfall (ephemeral), and others dry wholly or partially because of artificial influence. These streams support a diverse range of aquatic and terrestrial ecology, including specialists that are able to exploit the changing conditions, and it is now being recognised that they deserve the same protection afforded to perennial rivers.
The University of the Highlands and Islands' postgraduate module in Water Management will run in early 2018. This will be available through the existing MSc in Sustainable Mountain Development, as well as being available as a standalone module for those wishing to take the course as part of their continuing professional development (CPD). The fully online module will start on 29th January 2018 and will be delivered over 15 weeks.
Hydrological response to agricultural land degradation in the Lesser Himalayas
Further details can be found at: http://www.centa.org.uk/themes/anthropogenic/b31/
Host Institution: University of Birmingham
Supervisory Team: David Hannah (U of Birmingham), Harry Dixon (CEH), Sumit Sen (IIT Roorkee), Stefan Krause (U of Birmingham), Julian Clark (U of Birmingham)
Deadline for Applications: 22 January 2018
Nicolas Hulot, Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, gives his green light to the biodiversity restoration project of the Sélune Valley.
Nicolas Hulot, Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition engages with the Local elected officials a project to restore the biodiversity of the valley of Sélune. This project allow the river to recover a good ecological quality and will aim at long term sustainable development in the valley.
The director of Rewilding Britain, Alistair Driver, has made a plea to the natural flood management sector to work more closely together with his organisation on projects in England and Wales' national parks that bring benefits to both biodiversity and flood risk management.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has made a £2.2m grant to a scheme to protect the headwaters of the Test and Itchen rivers on the Hampshire Downs from pollution, drought, flooding and invasive species.
NERC is to award £1.25m to a research project which will examine the extent to which farmers in the west Thames area can prevent fluvial flooding by choosing different crops, building soil organic matter and planting more trees.
Led by the University of Reading, the researchers will work with farmers, communities and local authorities across the area to learn how different land management methods impact on flood risk.
During 2016 Natural England applied for an additional round of funds, through the DEFRA Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund, to promote natural flood management among groups of farmers in areas hit by floods in late 2015. A bespoke, flood focused, scheme was subsequently launched in December 2016. In North West England funds were awarded to four projects, including an application in the upper River Irwell catchment led by Groundwork MSSTT in its role as host for the Irwell Catchment Partnership.