Applications for the 2017 Thiess International Riverprize are now open!
Any organisation or partnership who has implemented a successful program of activities benefiting a river, lake, wetland or estuary, in any part of the world, is encouraged to apply.
The winner will be announced at the Riverprize Gala Dinner in Brisbane on 19th September 2017, receiving AU$200,000 in prize money from the Bert & Vera Thiess Foundation.
Applications close 24th March 2017.
On February 8th, at Scotland's Annual Flood Risk Management Conference, SEPA launched a Flood Warning Development Framework for 2017-2021.
Last year Scotland experienced some of its most severe flooding with storms Desmond, Eva and Frank causing sustained and persistent rainfall from December 2015 into January 2016.
Flood forecasting and warning is an essential service to help communities be aware and prepared for flood events such as those witnessed last year, and can help reduce the impact which flooding has on people's lives.
Take part in this survey on beaver reintroduction.
This research is being carried out as part of a nationwide evaluation of attitudes towards the reintroduction of the Eurasian Beaver to Great Britain, with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council. This piece of research is being conducted from an independent and impartial standpoint meaning that all views would be welcomed and it may be of great interest to many organisations and individuals.
The aims of the research include:
The effect of forests on river discharge is an important question that is highly topical at the moment. The Coalburn2020 experiment was set up to see if we can predict now the future hydrological impact resulting from current felling of some of the mature forest. Have a look at the website for more information.
Improved access and restored habitats at Morden Hall Park!
A brand new boardwalk has been installed and is now open at Morden Hall Park, allowing visitors to take a journey through the wetlands and get up close to nature as never before. Coming soon in 2017 there will also be equipment available to loan for free, allowing you to explore the creatures and plants with binoculars, pond dipping kits and ID guides!
The Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC) is encouraging greater volunteer input into surveying and monitoring works along river environments. With Environment Agency funding and contributions from those involved, BRCC, the Greensand Trust and the Wildlife Trust BCN have been developing a Volunteer River Warden Scheme which will be launched next month focused on two areas to begin with - Renhold Brook, Bedfordshire; and in the Potton and Gamlingay areas.
For more information about the information evenings see below:
Have a look at this restoration project at Middleton Hall, Tamworth in Staffordshire offering a range of habitats for wildlife. Watch the video to see how the environment has been enhanced using reedbeds and other techniques:
Additionally, restoration of a wetland in Repton, Derbyshire was carried out to improve biodiversity, wetland habitats, wet woodlands, and reedbeds: