Cambridge and Peterborough Biodiversity
Partnership Case Study

On a national level, the UK Action Plan for biodiversity was launched in 1994. Since then, working groups produced and reviewed action plans for nationally important species and habitats. The England Biodiversity Strategy sets out the framework for England, and is advocating landscape scale delivery.

The species and habitats on the UK Biodiversity Action Plans form the basis of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s action plans, along with other locally important habitats and species. The County’s Biodiversity Action Plans have been put together by a local steering group, incorporating local authorities, conservation organisations and statutory bodies and were launched in 2000 and last reviewed in 2008/09.

The current factors affecting rivers and streams (including Chalk streams) in Cambridgeshire include:

  • Abstraction (groundwater and river);
  • Pollution from sources such as sewage treatment works and diffuse pollution from agriculture;
  • Management of the river channel and bankside vegetation;
  • Spread of invasive non-native plant and animal species;
  • Development and disturbance, including recreation;
  • Agriculture;
  • Climate change including the potential likelihood of extreme events such as drought and flooding.

Details of the Rivers and Streams Habitat Action Plan and related Biodiversity Action Plans can be found on the Biodiversity Partnership for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough website:

(http://www.cpbiodiversity.org.uk/downloads)
 

Ribble Basin Pilot

The Ribble Basin pilot was part of an EU pilot river basin network, comprising of 19 river basin projects throughout EU Member States, to develop new approaches, share best practice and learn how the WFD will change the way of managing our water environment. The project finished in October 2006 and has delivered many pieces of work that have shaped the future of river basin management planning in the UK and Europe.

Integrated Catchment Management Plan for the Ribble (June 2007) can be accessed at:
(http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140328084622/http://cdn.environment-agency.gov.uk/genw0706blav-e-e.pdf)
 

The Rivers Restoration Centre

The River Restoration Centre is the UK's 'expert information and advice' centre for all aspects of best-practice river restoration and catchment management.

The RRC's activities are set out around three core areas:

  • Knowledge Exchange - providing a focal point for the exchange and dissemination of information and expertise.
  • Technical Advice and Assessment - providing expert input to site-specific technical issues and national initiatives through experienced river restoration practitioners.
  • Training and Guidance - developing, updating and providing resources, courses and practical learning opportunities to the growing UK restoration network.
    (http://www.therrc.co.uk/rrc)
     

The Rivers Trust

The Rivers Trust is a registered environmental charity representing the rivers trust movement in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It works to support its members and emerging river catchment communities to promote practical and sustainable solutions to environmental issues across the UK and Europe.
(http://www.theriverstrust.org/about/index.html)
 

The Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland

A similar movement, the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland, exists in Scotland and is a leading independent freshwater conservation charity representing Scotland’s national network of rivers and fisheries Trusts and Foundations.
(http://www.rafts.org.uk/
 

The Wild Trout Trust

The Wild Trout Trust is a conservation charity that stimulates hands-on, in-the-water projects, helping others to help themselves with habitat improvement in and around rivers and lakes.
(http://www.wildtrout.org/
 

UK Rivers Network

A list of UK and Ireland river (and inland waters) community groups can be found at:
(http://www.ukrivers.net/network.htm)

 

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