A research project based in Northamptonshire looking to understand how small landscape wide mitigation measures can help to protect and enhance the freshwater environment.
Freshwater Habitats Trust is working in partnership with Anglian Water, the Environment Agency and the farming community of the Scaldwell and Walgrave catchments to understand how we can protect and enhance the freshwater environment at a catchment scale by using landscape-wide mitigation measures. We hope to tackle the following questions:
- Can we protect and increase freshwater biodiversity without impinging on farm profitability?
- Can we reduce diffuse water pollution?
- Can we hold back water to help reduce downstream flooding?
Pitsford Water Friendly Farming is in three phases
1 Gather an evidence base (2020 – 2021)
We collected data on the current status of the freshwater environment. This involved establishing a monitoring programme for wetland plants and freshwater invertebrates, as well as water quality.
2 Install intervention measures (2022)
We worked with landowners and farmers to install a series of intervention measures across the impact catchment, aiming to improve biodiversity, water quality and reduce flood peaks.
3 Monitoring the impact (2023-2024)
With intervention measures now in place, we are continuing our monitoring work to assess their impact.