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Researchers from the university’s Geography department are working with project partners Moors for the Future Partnership, and colleagues at University of Leeds, Durham University and Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire Environment Agency to understand how natural flood management methods might help to protect 22 at-risk communities in the Peak District, along the western fringe of the Pennines.
The project aims to improve our understanding of how to dam up erosional channels (gullies), assess the impact of restoring Sphagnum moss cover on moorlands, and determine how newly-planted upland woodlands affect storm flow. It will also assess the longer-term evolution of woodland and gully blocking approaches - this is important, as investment in natural flood management requires confidence in the long-term impact of restoration and maintenance of the interventions.
Beaver family will be released in the Forest of Dean to stop a village from flooding, with potential for further such schemes to follow.
Severe weather warning issued for Scotland, with yellow weather warning of heavy rain in northern England and north-west Wales