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.
It is a long-term collaboration between the Freshwater Habitats Trust, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, the University of York, the Environment Agency and landowners in three Leicestershire catchments.
APRIL 2020: Nature based measures increase freshwater biodiversity in agricultural catchments. The peer-reviewed findings, recently published in the journal Biological Conservation, are the first major results from the Water Friendly Farming project.
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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.
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
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