Understand your local area
What's in my back yard? - Environment Agency
Interactive environmental maps and data.
The MAGIC website provides authoritative geographic information about the natural environment from across government. The information covers rural, urban, coastal and marine environments across Great Britain.
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
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.
Working With Natural Processes
Working with natural processes (WWNP) involves taking action to manage fluvial and coastal flood erosion risk by protecting, restoring and emulating the natural regulating function of catchments, rivers, floodplains and coasts.
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.
Natural Flood Management
SBelford - Environment Agency; University of Newcastle
Northumberland project using a range of different NFM
techniques to slow and store water in the landscape.
Pontbren Farmers -
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.
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.
Wild Ennerdale -
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.
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).
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.
Brighton Chalk Integrated Catchment Management Partnership (Brighton ChaMP)
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.
Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere.
The newest UNESCO Biosphere, right here on your doorstep.