Last week I went down to Somerset for a tour of the Hills to Levels Project across the catchment. Hills to Levels was the winner of the UK River Prize 2018, and winner of the catchment-scale category.
The two day conference was a very interesting and educational experience with a range of talks and workshops from different organisations available. There certainly was a lot to take in and lessons learned from other organisations projects that could be applied to any future projects in the UBOCP area.
Peter Wohlleben’s book ‘The hidden life of trees’ (translated and published by Harper Collins 2016) makes fascinating reading as a water specialist. It is based on his experience in European woodlands. I am familiar with the ‘why fish need trees’ booklet but there seems to be much more to trees than provision of woody materiel and slowing the flow through wet woodland habitat. The book is well referenced, so you can check the sources, and forests seem to be more critical to the water cycle than I had thought.
Natural Flood Management and Integrated Catchment Management Roadshow – May 15th, Welwyn Garden City
|Thank you to all who attended the conference, and contributed towards the 360+ attendees this year - our largest so far! This blog offers reflections and thoughts from a couple of presenters at this years conference.|