Water Friendly Farming

Water Friendly Farming is a long-term research demonstration project, designed to test the effectiveness of landscape-wide agri-environment measures, intended to reduce the impact of rural land use on freshwaters – ponds, streams, lakes, rivers and ditches – and the services they provide.

See the latest autumn 2019 results here, currently going through peer-review now: bit.ly/2BpG0Qy with publication expected in the new year. The project is led by Freshwater Habitats Trust and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, with the University of York and the Environment Agency.

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The Water Friendly Farming Report 2014 highlights results from the project’s first four years, including the baseline conditions before our mitigation measures were introduced.

The results provide some of the first scientific evidence that habitat creation can prevent loss of freshwater biodiversity at the catchment scale



Latest results. Download the Water Friendly Farming Autumn 2016 Update, launched at an All Party Parliamentary Game and Wildlife Conservation Group meeting in Westminster on the 8th November 2016.


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