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£10m Fund to Restore Peatland Opens for Applications

Friday, July 21, 2017

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.

2017 Thiess International Riverprize Finalists

Friday, July 21, 2017

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

WWF UK Rivers Map

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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.

Partnership Sets Out Natural Capital Vision for Humber Estuary

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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”. 

Present and Future Flood Vulnerability, Risk and Disadvantage

Monday, July 10, 2017

Two-thirds of cities experiencing relative economic decline face above average flood disadvantage according to new research by Sayers and Partners for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The report, Present and Future Flood Vulnerability, Risk and Disadvantage: A UK Assessment highlight how flood risks interact with social vulnerability across the UK to create flood disadvantage, an issue which will be exacerbated by climate change.

Major Programme to Reintroduce Water Voles to the Kielder Forest

Monday, July 10, 2017

Almost 700 of the endangered rodents, immortalised in Wind in the Willows, will be released in Northumberland - and it's all thanks really to the otter. The biggest reintroduction of water voles in the UK began this week, with 325 voles released into Kielder Forest in Northumberland, and 350 more to follow later in the summer.

Job Opportunity at APEM

Monday, July 10, 2017

APEM Limited is Europe's largest specialist aquatic science consultancy. APEM offer their clients an integrated approach to every aspect of the investigation, scientific study and management of both freshwater and marine habitats and operate UK wide and internationally. Our consultant scientists are recognised experts in their fields.

As a company they pride themselves on their commitment to scientific and client service excellence.

Anglian Water Invests in New Wetland

Friday, July 7, 2017

Anglian Water announces £500k investment for new Norfolk wetland water treatment facility.

A brand new wetland is to be created in Norfolk, funded by Anglian Water and created in partnership with Norfolk Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency.

The new one-hectare site will act as an innovative, natural treatment plant for over a million litres of water a day. Used but treated water will pass through the wetland to be further filtered and cleaned before it's returned to the environment in the River Ingol.