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Wildlife and climate benefits of river restoration

Thursday, October 31, 2019

The National Trust said the project at Holnicote Estate in Somerset is the first of its kind for the UK.

A project to return rivers to a more natural state where they meander "like the branches of a tree" is being brought in to help wildlife and tackle flooding.

The National Trust said the project at Holnicote Estate in Somerset is the first of its kind for the UK and will allow rivers to flow through multiple channels, pools and shallow riffles as they would have done before human interference.

Restoring rivers the Natural Course way

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Eagley Brooks was identified by Natural Course as being a high priority waterbody for the Irwell Catchment Partnership to focus on.  This waterbody has a number of physical modifications, such as weirs, which impact the quality and ecological status of the river.

Many of the weirs were built during the Industrial Revolution, and so form part of the local heritage of the area, however due to age, some are starting to fail.

Changing landscapes: Five decades of applied geomorphology

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Much geomorphological research has potential to be applied but this paper examines the extent and nature of actual applications to environmental management. It reviews how this work has expanded and changed and reflects on the stimuli, types of involvement, and attitudes. These aspects, and how geomorphology can be applied effectively, are exemplified by developments in coastal and river management in the UK, highlighting the contributions made by geomorphology to sustainable strategies.

New funds to improve River Mease

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The water quality and environment of the River Mease, described as one of the UK’s best examples of an unspoilt meandering lowland river, will be improved thanks to new funding secured by The Trent Rivers Trust.

The Trust, a charity which works with farmers, anglers, landowners, other partners and the general public to improve the environment in the catchment area of the Mease, has appointed Emma Smail as the new River Mease Project Manager.

Emma will work closely with farmers and others to deliver a wide range of environmental projects across the River Mease catchment.

Animated map: 'major' and 'significant' water pollution incidents, 2000-2018

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

There are hundreds of category 1 and 2 water pollution incidents every year in England.

According to the Environment Agency, there were 317 serious pollution incidents to water in 2016. It says that agriculture is now the largest sector responsible for significant pollution events to water.

The agency says that the overall number of water pollution incidents has reduced in recent years, with the number of serious category 1 incidents falling by almost two-thirds between 2001 and 2016.

Volunteer recorders play vital role in monitoring the state of nature

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A partnership of 70 wildlife organisations, research institutes and government agencies has produced the third State of Nature report, the clearest picture to date of the status of UK plant and animal species. The 2019 report, which follows similar assessments in 2013 and 2016, has revealed average declines in distribution and abundance of five per cent and 13 per cent, respectively, since 1970.

Some like it hot, but our wetlands do not

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Heatwaves can spell trouble for our freshwater habitats, as The Wildlife Trusts’ Water Policy Manager Ali Morse explains.

Hot summer days might seem like a blessing. People flock to the beach, flowers bloom and insects thrive, providing food for birds and bats. But a warm summer can be an issue for other species, particularly those that rely on our rivers and wetlands.

River engineering may damage the long-term viability of freshwater species by changing the availability and quality of physical habitat

Monday, September 30, 2019

People have been modifying Scotland’s rivers in many ways for centuries. Legislation is now driving the restoration of engineered river systems to their previous, natural state.

Many of our rivers have been:

Funding Opportunity: UKRI citizen science exploration grants

Friday, September 20, 2019

UK Research and innovation is launching a new £400,000 funding call to encourage researchers and innovators to experiment with citizen science.

Citizen science is an important way in which diverse groups of people can participate and collaborate in research and innovation. This could include crowdsourcing data, working with volunteers to analyse existing datasets, collaborating with communities in designing research programmes, and approaches to innovation that involve diverse groups of people in the innovation process.  

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