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The impacts of flooding

2014 has seen some of the most extreme weather ever recorded hitting the UK. Flooding is causing misery for residents and farmers across southern England, including the Somerset Levels and the Thames and Severn valleys.

This has sparked a public debate on how the Government musters the required leadership to help communities cope with flooding and other effects of extreme weather, which are in line with the predictions of climate scientists.

The RSPB wants to see a solution that works with nature, not against it, and ensures people, farming and wildlife all have a place in our countryside. Projects like the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s Steart Marshes in Somerset and the Environment Agency’s Medmerry managed-realignment project in Sussex, now managed by the RSPB, are leading the way in creating resilience, flood protection and wildlife-rich habitats.

This page will feature the latest news in blogs on the flooding from the RSPB’s perspective.

Our position

Report: Floods and dredging - A reality check

Report: Floods and dredging - A reality check

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Report by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) on why dredging may not be the answer.

Date: 14 February 2014

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Briefing: a flood resilient future

Briefing: a flood resilient future

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This winter’s flooding on the Levels and elsewhere, is a stark reminder that Britain will face greater flood risk over the coming years.

Date: 12 February 2014

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A flood-resilient future for the Somerset Levels: First briefing

A flood-resilient future for the Somerset Levels: First briefing

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The RSPB and the SWT call on MPs and others to press government and its agencies to develop a water management strategy for a more flood-resilient future on the Somerset Levels.

Date: 12 February 2014

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How you can help

Coast on a stormy day with heavy rain falling on coastal headland

We're setting up an emergency fund that we can use to get our reserves back into shape and repair the damage caused. Please help us rebuild from the worst storm in 60 years.

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