What we're looking for
Water for Farmers in Wildlife is an ambitious project aiming to change how me manage water in and around the Humber Estuary. Volunteering with RSPB and our partners at the Environment Agency will give you the inside scoop on temporary wetlands, a novel technique being trialled for use in the UK to Improve biodiversity. The Humber is known for its internationally significant bird populations. By creating additional wetland habitat inland we will provide more space for wading birds. Improve productivity. Traditionally 'warping' (allowing estuarine water to flood the land and bring fertile sediment onto farmland) was used in the area and can be credited for much of the incredibly fertile warp-land around the Humber. Temporary wetlands may also provide pest control benefits for crop diseases such as Potato Cyst Nematodes or foot rot (which impacts peas). Aid flood risk management. As climate change brings increasing extreme weather events we will need more options to manage flood risk. Temporary wetlands could hold excess water to protect buildings, businesses and other agricultural areas. Without a solid evidence base we cannot roll out new techniques on a large scale. The 8 field scale trials at this stage are a necessary step in understanding how temporary wetlands can fit in UK agriculture environmentally, logistically and legislatively.