Case study:Ecclesbourne Farm project

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Project overview

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Status Complete
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Themes Fisheries, Habitat and biodiversity, Land use management - agriculture, Water quality
Country England
Main contact forename Alison
Main contact surname Baker
Main contact user ID User:Jfreeborough
Contact organisation Environment Agency
Contact organisation web site http://https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency
Partner organisations Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, NFU, Severn Trent Water
Parent multi-site project

Ecclesbourne Restoration Catchment Partnership

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Project summary

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Environment Agency Officers have worked with local farmers to provide advice and deliver improvement works to address phosphate / sediment issues predominantly in the River Ecclesbourne catchment.

The Ecclesbourne Restoration Catchment Partnership developed from one of the ten Defra WFD pilots in 2011. A number of schemes were identified to tackle diffuse pollution (phosphate) issues. Severn Trent Water is addressing phosphate input from sewage treatment works and this project addresses other ‘Reasons for failure’ from agriculture.

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1600m of bankside fencing was installed to reduce cattle poaching. Soil management and water quality issues discussed with 46 farm businesses. Over 1000m farm tracks surfaced - to limit sediment laden run off. 2 water troughs and 1 pasture pump installed.

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Support through the partnership has resulted in an HLS agreement, which includes water related options e.g. buffer strips. £10.5K match ‘in-kind’ contribution from the farmers. Developed good working relationships with NFU, Natural England and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and has led to development of further projects.

This project has been a really positive example of partners working together to deliver common objectives.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is continuing to deliver biodiversity and water related benefits through their ongoing project supported by SITA funding. The existing partners will continue to develop a similar approach in the Amber catchment.


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Catchment and subcatchment

Catchment

River basin district Humber
River basin Derbyshire Derwent

Subcatchment

River name River Ecclesborne catchment (trib of R Derwent)
Area category 10 - 100 km²
Area (km2)
Maximum altitude category 200 - 500 m
Maximum altitude (m) 355
355 m
0.355 km
35,500 cm
Dominant geology Siliceous
Ecoregion Great Britain
Dominant land cover Improved grassland
Waterbody ID GB104028052720



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WFD water body codes GB104028052720
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WFD water body name River Ecclesborne catchment (trib of R Derwent)
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Heavily modified water body No
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Protected species present No
Invasive species present No
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Project background

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Project started 2014/04/01
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Works completed
Project completed 2015/03/31
Total cost category 10 - 50 k€
Total cost (k€) 28
28 k€
28,000 €
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Funding sources Environment Agency, Natural England

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Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure Diffuse pollution - Rural
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Bank/bed modifications
Floodplain / River corridor Installing riverside fencing, pasture pumps, trackway improvements
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