We are so excited to announce that the first CROWDFUNDED barrier has been removed!! The Crosthwaite Culvert in Northern England needed 10.000 donated funds and we did it together! By opening the stream, it is hoped that it will be colonised by aquatic plants, insects and fish species. They are also installing an educational freshwater pond where local, young students can come learn about the freshwater environment and species! This is an amazing project and ambition that would not have been possible without the generosity of the people who are investing in the rewilding of our future.
An Environment Agency led research team is close to understanding the spawning and migratory route of the critically endangered European Eel. The actual location of the eels’ breeding area has never been identified. Locating it could be a critical step in protecting the species.
The £20m scheme aims to reopen more than 150 miles of the River Severn, making it easier for endangered fish to reach their spawning grounds.
The Environment Agency wants to reintroduce shad to the river, said to be one of King Henry III's favourite fish.
Many species vanished after weirs were installed as they prevented migration.
The project will also see England's only fish viewing gallery built at Diglis Weir in Worcester.
It is hoped the partnership will bring about “much-needed restoration” for Welsh rivers.
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Afonydd Cymru, the organisation which oversees the country’s six Rivers Trusts, which will see two collaborate to improve river catchments, fisheries and ecology.
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 2019 Thiess International Riverprize is now open for applications! This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the International Riverprize being awarded.
Applications for Stage One are open until March 31st 2019
Find out more, read the application guidelines and start your application at the link or click here.
ThinkNature hosted the first webinar in a series of four on the concept, practices and benefits of nature-based solutions.
Three nature-based solutions experts shared their expertise and attendees also had the opportunity to participate in short surveys and pose their own questions. The webinar speakers were:
Emmanuelle Cohen-Shacham, Nature-based Solutions Thematic Group Leader, Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Biomatrix Water have shared this video about Living Water Cities featuring inspiring footage of waterway transformation. Working together with their partners and volunteers they are honoured to share the stories of how Floating Ecosystems bring green space, biodiversity, health and beauty into the urban environment. Learn what they mean when they say “bringing water to life.”
Environment Agency have been working in partnership with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Rijkswaterstaat in the Netherlands and NGos to develop the recently published 'Engineering with Nature an Atlas' featuring 10 UK case studies.
The Eddleston Water Project is a major UK partnership research project to measure the effects of river restoration and natural flood management techniques. The international project Building with Nature (BwN), funded by the Scottish Government and the European Union’s INTERREG North Sea Region Programme, is an emerging complementary concept. BwN recognises that natural processes help to keep us safe against coastal erosion and flooding.