Case study:Hills to Levels
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- 1 Project overview
- 2 Image gallery
- 3 Catchment and subcatchment
- 4 Site
- 5 Project background
- 6 Reasons for river restoration
- 7 Measures
- 8 Monitoring
- 9 Additional documents and videos
- 10 Additional links and references
- 11 Supplementary Information
|Project web site||http://https://www.therrc.co.uk/sites/default/files/projects/31_hillstolevels.pdf|
|Themes||Flood risk management, Habitat and biodiversity, Land use management - agriculture, Land use management - forestry, Monitoring, Water quality|
|Main contact forename||Joanna|
|Main contact surname||Uglow|
|Main contact user ID||User:FWAGSW-H2L|
|Contact organisation||Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group SouthWest|
|Contact organisation web site||http://www.fwagsw.org.uk/|
|Partner organisations||FWAG SW, Somerset Rivers Authority, Environment Agency, RSPB, Somerset Wildlife Trust|
| This is a parent project
encompassing the following
Following the devastating floods in Somerset winter in 2013/14, ‘Hills to Levels’ was set up as a collaboration between the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) SouthWest, Somerset Wildlife Trust (SWT), RSPB and the Royal Bath & West Society. The work is over five main catchments – River Parrett, River Tone, West Somerset Streams, River Brue and River Axe. Since then, Hills to Levels has come a long way: water quality, erosion reduction and improving habitats have been added to the original project remit and the funders and project partners have changed. Currently, Hills to Levels is supported by and works in partnership with the Somerset Rivers Authority, the Environment Agency, Interreg 2 Seas (Triple C project) and Natural England Catchment Sensitive Farming.
Many streams in the area are failing current standards for inputs of sediment and phosphate and poor fish habitat; and their ecology suffers from being heavily modified through centuries of use. The project uses a holistic catchment approach, providing advice on soil and land use management in order to reduce sediment runoff to the rivers, and improve infiltration and hydrological processes to reduce flooding and improve drought resilience.
Every field, every farm and every stream have a part to play.
Monitoring surveys and results
Half field trials have been undertaken to assess the effect subsoiling and grassland aeration have on soil infiltration rates. Leaky woody dams are being monitored to assess their effect on the flood hydrograph and in-channel geomorphology and habitats. FWAG SW are working with Bristol University and providing sites to monitor; so far monitoring equipment has been installed in a floodplain storage scheme and other sites are being identified for investigation.
Results to be made available in due course.
Catchment and subcatchment
Cost for project phases
Reasons for river restoration
Hydromorphological quality elements
Biological quality elements
Physico-chemical quality elements
Additional documents and videos