Given both the current environmental demands and the limited evidence base, there is now an urgent need for “proof of concept”: clear evidence that existing measures can be applied to give catchment-scale outcomes, and begin to deliver the benefits required for sustainable catchment management and delivery of policy targets.
The current project takes a top-down approach, which aims to combine the range of optimised measures to identify whether, given our best efforts and knowledge, ecological, hydrological and water quality gains are achievable within practical timescales.
Past trials are limited in application and poor in monitoring, here WFF is aiming to fill gaps in scientific knowledge. The study will provide supported evidence to the deficit of information regarding the extent to which mitigations can be combined to restore water quality and functioning. The demands for catchment scale answers are also considerable, and here through integrated catchment management, an understanding to the benefits of biological, hydrological and chemical catchment management will be tested.
Map displaying the distribution of field sites within the Water Friendly Farming Barkby brook catchment
Map displaying the distribution of field sites within the Water Friendly Farming Eye brook catchment
Map displaying the distribution of field sites within the Water Friendly Farming Stonton brook catchment