A practical handbook for farmers has recently been published by SRUC. The handbook is called "Natural Flood Management: A Farmer's Guide" and is available from the link below. The guide aims to give advice on NFM to landowners and farmers in Scotland. The handbook contains advice on measures such as riparian planting, sediment traps and wetland creation. It also contains case study examples.
News for: NFM
The Rivers Trust and CaBA have built a tool to support the monitoring and evaluation requirements for the 60 DEFRA-funded NFM catchment and community projects. The website provides and introduction to the monitoring and evaluation requirements, and information on how to use the tool.
The development of a new ‘in field’ App dramatically improves efficiency and provides consistent data recording.
Natural Flood Management (NFM) aims to work with natural processes to reduce flood risk, and can potentially contribute to integrated flood risk management (alongside engineering solutions) by providing landscape-based resilience to climate change impacts. Here, two approaches are used to assess the extent to which NFM could offset the impacts of climate change on floods in Great Britain. The first looks at specific catchments where there is quantitative evidence for the effect of NFM measures on peak flows.
Allocated four-year PhD position at Queen Mary University of London available to start in September 2019. The successful candidate will start their project in September 2019 and will participate in training and cohort activities of the London NERC DTP.
Deadline for applicants: Monday 18 March 2019
Project title: Rewilding and Natural Flood Management
The Woodlands for Water project should help mitigate the effects of flooding in the North East and Yorkshire.
The Forestry Commission and Environment Agency-run scheme provides financial incentives and expert advice to help farmers plant woodlands and alleviate flooding.
The Woodland Creation grant offers up to £6,800/ha to farmers that plant new woodlands, along with £200/ha/yr for up to 10 years.
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.
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.