Flooded fields, Beckingham Marshes RSPB reserve, Nottinghamshire

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.

Flooded meadow, Amberley Wildbrooks RSPB reserve, winter


Recommendations for more effective flood management in England. Date 27 November 2014. PDF, 558Kb

Flooding 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, 1.05Mb

Report: 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, 284Kb

Briefing: a flood resilient future

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, 420Kb

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