After the wettest winter on record and widespread flooding across the UK, Alastair Driver (the National Biodiversity Manager of the Environment Agency) took to twitter to highlight the efforts into Natural Flood Management research across the UK. Some of the facts tweeted include -
Natural England have approved a licence to allow a family of beavers recorded in the River Otter in Devon to remain in the wild. A licence will be issued to Devon Wildlife Trust to manage the release of wild beavers currently present in the river catchment on a five year trial basis. This licence will be subject to several conditions, and the Wildlife Trust will have to be sure that the beavers present are European beavers free of parasites.
Our team have completed the first phase of a large reed bed creation scheme at the Attenborough Lakes Nature Reserve in Nottingham on behalf of the Environment Agency. This involved the planting of 44,000 aquatic plants into a man made bed which will form a new reedbed covering 0.6 hectares.
As considered in Part 1: Legal Considerations and Planning Works, water vole and its habitat are protected and as such precautions need to be taken when planning and undertaking any works affecting aquatic habitat.
Water vole and its habitat are protected and as such are a key consideration when planning and undertaking any works affecting aquatic habitat, be it conservation, maintenance, management or development works. This Blog considers the legislation and processes involved to ensure that works can be undertaken and has been split into two parts:
Part 1: Legal Considerations and Planning Works; and,