Today, flood risk is a serious and growing concern along many UK waterways. With climate change intensifying rainfall patterns, sustainable flood management solutions are becoming increasingly important as a viable and preferable alternative to conventional flood defences, which are typically constructed using man-made materials such as metal and concrete. These may solve problems locally, but can be hugely detrimental to downstream communities, local wildlife and habitats, as they tend to canalise waterways and speed up the flow of water, increasing the damage caused by flood events.
By contrast, natural flood management (NFM) solutions – which involve the installation of features such as the ones installed by Ecosulis on Kingshurst Brook – are sympathetic to the surrounding landscape and the way it is used. They typically include the use of local material such as large woody debris and brash to slow water flow, as well as measures to divert water flow and enhance existing natural wetland features. This not only improves water attenuation, but also helps to restore nature, to the benefit of local and downstream environments and communities.
At Ecosulis we pride ourselves on our innovative approach to NFM. Leveraging our wide-ranging expertise, we provide an end-to-end service that encompasses everything from proposal evaluation and assessment of project design through to the installation of NFM features and ongoing monitoring and maintenance.
Evidence shows that a thriving, wildlife-rich environment benefits both physical and mental health. People with nature on their doorstep are more active, mentally resilient, and have better all-round physical condition.
The restoration of Kingshurst Brook and its environs will lead to the creation of an increasingly nature-rich landscape within an urban area of Birmingham. This will not only benefit biodiversity, but should prove a huge asset for residents and visitors.
In April 2022, Ecosulis – in partnership with the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and its volunteers – will return to the brook to assist with further restoration. This is part of our commitment to social engagement and to enhance wild nature in the area.
“The team involved in the project were exceptional. Their skills and expertise – particularly in wetland restoration work – made all the difference. They consistently showed resilience, flexibility, excellent problem-solving capabilities, and a can-do attitude, while their communication was excellent. Ecosulis’s well-established supplier chain meant that all materials and machinery could be sourced on short notice.
This project was based in an area with public access, high flood risk, and very soft ground, with work carried out during one of the wettest times of the year. Ecosulis delivered maximum value for money and the team went above and beyond the scope of work on numerous occasions to ensure the highest possible standards were met. Their hard work, skill and shared vision allowed us to realise a very ambitious wetland and stream restoration project in a very demanding setting.”
Andrew Apanasionok, Water and Habitats Specialist Office, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
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