The Peak District and Lowland Derbyshire non-native species initiative is a collaboration of fishing clubs, nature conservation groups and landowners who are taking action on non-native invasive species. They have produced a helpful leaflet on the control of Himalayan Balsam. The leaflet can be accessed with the link below.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency have recently published a new handbook to help local authorities and landowners implement natural flood management measures.
Key conclusions from the REFORM project (Deliverable 7.7) are now available in the policy briefs and in the deliverables sections.
The key conclusions and recommendations address the following themes:
The Downstreams team are using an innovative web site that helps to raise funds and generate support for urban river projects. It works by connecting businesses and communities with the projects, and building genuine connections. Everyone who engages knows they are making a difference.
This work will generate funding for a number of these projects to go ahead, helping Catchment based partners to build community ownership and empowerment in the process.
East Renfrewshire Council is inviting tenders, from suitably qualified companies for a study to identify the opportunities and constraints for the delivery of integrated river restoration, green infrastructure and flood mitigation works across the Levern Water, Capelrig/Auldhouse Burn and Brock Burn.
Find out more here
JBA Trust and Lancaster Environment Centre have developed an interactive map of nature-based flood risk management projects. It’s a free resource with the main aim of assembling a map-based catalogue. JBA Trust and Lancaster Environment Centre are also looking to identify how the performance of the projects is being assessed so that they can build a picture of how working with natural processes delivers benefits at a broader scale.
Read more here
The Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) has published data from the Wensum Catchment as Linked Open Data in the Agricultural & Environmental Data Archive. The data has been collected by the Demonstration Test Catchment (DTC) Platform.
You can access the Wensum Catchment’s datasets at www.environmentdata.org/clist/dtcwensum
A new framework for the adaptive management of river flows has been developed by Mike Summers (Environment Agency), Ian Holman and Robert Grabowski (Cranfield University). Adopting an adaptive river management approach provides opportunities to learn about the environmental flow requirements of rivers, alongside achieving specific environmental objectives. The Adaptive River Management (ARM) framework aims to ensure that the effectiveness of river management actions is appraised and that transferable information is collected that can be applied to other rivers.
Learning from community led flood risk management utilsed the Carse of Stirling (COS) as a case study area to work with the community, landowners and The Carse of Stirling Partnership (TCOSP) to assess natural flood management (NFM) measures suitable for addressing flooding issues across the COS, additionally outlining any likely ecosystem service provision. Read more and view the full report by clicking the link below.