Rivers and lakes are among our most loved ecosystems. They are hotspots of biodiversity in the landscape and support recreation and eco-tourism. Yet, sadly they are under increasing and diverse stress as a result of human activity. They are used as conduits for domestic and industrial waste, straightened and reinforced to meet water storage and supply demands, and cut off from floodplains to support food production. They are also extremely sensitive to the effects of climate change.
Discussion about ways to manage flood risk in an ever changing climate, with a focus on the Ullswater and River Eden valleys, but with relevance to anyone in the UK dealing with flooding within their own communities.
Digging ponds in the countryside can deliver "unprecedented" gains for nature, experts have said.
Freshwater Habitats Trust said 20 clean water ponds on farmland increased wetland plant species by 26%.
A nine-year project found rare plants almost trebled, while species that had gone extinct in the area returned.
New investment approach announced to involve private sector in environmental projects, helping to tackle climate change and restore nature.
Four projects which will protect and restore valuable habitats have been selected to receive funding in a pilot scheme to encourage sustainable private sector investment in our natural environment.
Defra, the Environment Agency (EA), Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (EFF) and Triodos Bank UK have formed a collaboration to support environmental projects to create sustainable funding models.
The report is the result of the many successes of Borders environmental charity, Tweed Forum in addressing the threats posed by harmful invasive plant species throughout the River Tweed catchment and is a great example of best practice.
Water is crucial for the survival of all life and a diversity of species can be found in freshwater habitats. At the water’s edge, the boundaries between the terrestrial and aquatic worlds bleed gradually into each other, producing a range of microhabitats that semi-aquatic species such as frogs and birds inhabit. An even greater number of species occupy ponds dominated by water plants, or the rushing rapids of a river’s interior.
Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been appointed to the Environment Agency’s third Ecological Services Framework, also known as EcoSF3.
The consultancy will be working with Environment Agency to restore UK rivers and wetlands, and support natural flood management.