The impacts of flooding
Flooding causes misery for residents and farmers. The RSPB wants to see a solution for flooding which works with nature, not against it.
The issues flooding can cause
Flooding causes 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 which 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.
Recommendations for more effective flood management in England. Date 27 November 2014. PDF, 558KbFlooding in focus
Report by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) on why dredging may not be the answer. Date 14 February 2014. PDF, 1.05MbReport: Floods and dredging - A reality check
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. PDF, 284KbBriefing: a flood resilient future
Date 12 February 2014. PDF, 502KbThe Somerset Levels – finding optimism for a safe flood-resilient future – some key thoughts
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. PDF, 420KbA flood-resilient future for the Somerset Levels: First briefing
Date 12 February 2014. PDF, 134KbThe role of the Common Agricultural Policy in flood risk mitigation