How communities can work to reduce flooding
High water common ground - (video) Feature Documentary exploring Natural Flood Risk Management, and the communities at the heart of it all.
Stroud RSuDS project film - (video) Rural Sustainable Drainage, Natural Flood Management in the Stroud Valleys
Community Guide to Water Management - Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) have produced a Community Guide to Your Water Environment aimed at engaging parish councils and local community groups in catchment management.
Sustainable Drainage Systems: Maximising the potential for People and Wildlife
Benefits of trees in an urban environment - Woodland Trust
Floods and Dredging - A Reality Check
Understand your local area
Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre
Holder of species data for Sussex. Produce reports to highlight key habitats and species in your area.
River Ouse catchment management plan
An overview of the flood risk across the river catchment and recommended ways of managing the risk now and over the next 50 to 100 years.
Research and info
The Government has produced a range of Guidance on Working with Natural Processes to reduce Flood Risk, including a Series of useful one page summaries on different NFM techniques such as leaky dams.
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
The Natural Environment Research Council is the UK's largest funder of independent environmental science, training and innovation, delivered through universities and research centres.
Woodlands - Forest Research
The research agency of the Forestry Commission.
European Commission - Natural Water Retention Measures
Natural water retention measures are measures that aim to safeguard and enhance the water storage potential of landscape, soil, and aquifers, by restoring ecosystems, natural features and characteristics of water courses and using natural processes.
Local Groups and Projects
Adur and Ouse Catchment Partnership
A partnership of organisations working in the Ouse and Adur river catchments. Developing projects and unifying work across the catchment.
Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust
Lead charity in restoration and monitoring of local rivers and related habitats.
Tranisition Town Lewes
Transition Town Lewes (TTL) is a voluntary organisation with many dedicated people offering their time, effort and knowledge to help make Lewes a thriving and sustainable community.
The Aquifer Partnership (TAP)
Improving land management practices to protect and improve the quality of groundwater in the aquifer, to ensure it remains a sustainable water resource for public water supply.
The Living Coast - Brighton & Lewes Downs UNESCO World Biosphere Region
A place where people and nature come together in our world-class environment of Downs, Towns and Coast. A UNESCO World Biosphere Region – its mission is to connect people and nature to inspire a positive future, today.
If you are concerned about flooding in your local area, then look for your local Flood Action Group or learn how to Prepare Yourself for Flooding.
National Case Studies
Stroud rural SUDs scheme - Stroud District Council
The Stroud Rural SuDs project is an innovative Natural Flood Management project working to reduce flood risk and restore biodiversity throughout the catchment of the River Frome and all its tributaries, including the (Slad Brook, Painswick Stream, Nailsworth Stream, Ruscombe Brook and all their named and unnamed tributaries).
Landowner led project to protect and enhance soils and landscape through addition of trees, hedgerows and other measures. Clear benefits for the landscape, soil protection and flood peak reduction.
Pumlumon Project - A pioneering, science-based project to revive the ecology and economy of the Welsh uplands
Belford - Environment Agency; University of Newcastle
Northumberland project using a range of different NFM
techniques to slow and store water in the landscape.
Slowing the Flow at Pickering - Forest Research
Natural Flood Management project using woody dams and other NFM features to reduce flood peak in Pickering.
Holnicote NFM project
The project has focused on using natural processes to slow the water down in catchment of the rivers Aller and Horner.
This project aims to allow the evolution of Ennerdale as a wild valley for the benefit of people, relying more on natural processes to shape its landscape and ecology.
Re-imagining the Somerset Levels - A Prospectus for Revitalising and Safeguarding the Landscapes and Communities in the Catchment of the Somerset Levels and Moors
Natural Flood Management
Stroud RSuDS Technical film - (video) - Principles and methods of natural flood management in small streams and their catchments
How re-wilding helps to reduce flooding - Rewilding Britain
Restoring washlands and species rich floodplain meadows - Sussex Wildlife Trust
Restoring Wood in Watercourses for Natural Flood Management - Sussex Flow Initiative's guidance on LWD
Fish Live in Trees Too - Guidance on natural wood in rivers
Natural Flood Management Handbook - SEPA
Benefits of trees in an urban environment - Woodland Trust
Benefits of trees to livestock - Woodland Trust
Benefits of trees to arable farms - Woodland Trust
Trees and water - Woodland Trust
Practical Guide Natural Flood Management Measures - SFI and SDNPA
The Sussex Beaver Trial (enclosed)
In 2020, the Sussex Beaver Trial steering group had a licence approved by Defra to introduce Beavers into a 250 ha fenced area of the Knepp estate in West Sussex.
The River Otter Beaver Trial (wild)
A 5-year trial reintroduction of Eurasian beavers, Castor fiber, into the wild in south east Devon. It began with two family groups of beavers in 2015 which have now bred and dispersed throughout the catchment.
Devon Beaver Project (enclosed)
Beavers were introduced to a 2.8 hectare plot of wet woodland and rough grassland, with Devon WT monitoring their ecological effects.
Cornish Beaver Project (enclosed)
A 5 acre/2 hectare area of plantation woodland along Nankilly water, a stream at Woodland Valley Farm near Ladock, has been fenced to create a beaver enclosure. A pair of beaver were released in 2017.
Scottish Beaver Trial
Welsh Beaver Project