There has been a number of new initiatives on green infrastructure (GI) recently. A new resource from HR Wallingford shows how GI can help protect river banks and reduce flow speeds, and is often cheaper than conventional river engineering whilst providing multiple benefits.
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has published guidance on fish conservation for planners, developers, local authority officers and consultants, with the goal of improving fish conservation in the Tidal Thames region, encompassing all Local Authorities adjoining the River Thames between Teddington Lock and Gravesend.
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) provide wetland conservation solutions that work in today's society, sustaining both wildlife and people. WWT have been working to save wetlands and their wildlife for nearly 70 years, using a successful model of wetland centres in the UK, combined with UK-based and international species and wetland conservation projects. For the last 25 years, we have been running the WLI programme (Wetland Link International), a support network for wetland centres globally.
Selkirk’s new flood protection scheme has been officially opened by Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.
The Wild Trout Trust is currently seeking an additional Director (Trustee) to join its Board of Directors. WTT are particularly interested in an individual in possession of significant professional communications and marketing experience, and who would be able to use this to provide strategic direction to the WTT's communications activities.
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are looking for an experienced ecologist to work as part of the Living Landscapes North Team, providing advice and assistance to Local Authorities on planning applications, policies and strategies.
This is a challenging position that requires an excellent understanding of wildlife legislation, the planning system and current planning policies.
Potential candidates will need to demonstrate significant experience of undertaking habitat and species surveys and be able to work to tight deadlines.
The River Tweed has been announced as an International River Prize Finalist, just two years after winning the UK River Prize in 2015. Congratulations to all those involved in improving the Tweed Catchment! The other finalists are:
- Nushagak and Kvichak Rivers (Alaska, USA)
- San Antonio River (Texas, USA)
- Pasig River (Philippines)
Find out more about each of the rivers here
Applications are being welcomed to fund peatland restoration across England
A £10million grant scheme to restore England's iconic peatlands has officially opened for bids, Environment Minister Thérése Coffey announced today.
In England, peatlands cover 11% of the country and provide a key habitat for birds such as the merlin, dunlin and golden plover. They provide 70% of the country's drinking water and store more than 3.2billion tonnes of carbon dioxide. But it is estimated as much as four fifths of our peatland is in need of restoration.
Find out what condition your local river is in using this easy-to-use interactive Rivers Map made by WWF using Environment Agency data. If it is a less than good condition, find out what if that is due to industry, urban or transport runoff, agriculture, water industry issues, mining or any other issues.
Find out more about the Nature Needs You campaign here.
A blueprint for investing in natural capital alongside development to improve the environment, economy and social wellbeing has been devised by the Humber Nature Partnership.
The vision, published in June, calls on businesses and planners to work together to help “rebuild the image of the Humber as a 21st century landscape [to] provide the best environmental settings and the right skills and services to attract high quality investment”.