We have created over 1,000,000 litres of new, seasonal water storage which can be activated in every rainfall event
including a flood storage pond and over 100 pocket ponds.
We have also advised on the creation of at least 500,000 litres more seasonal water storage.
We have engaged with 150 landowners
comprising over 5,650ha including around 33% of the Uck floodplain
and over 11% of the Ouse floodplain.
We have had a positive influence on at least 9.5km of the river network
and a minimum of 70ha of land directly downslope or downstream of the river network.
We have held a range of events benefiting at least 40 landowners
and 2,000 local residents.
Our work has been supported by over 150 volunteer work days on everything from GIS mapping to hedge planting.
The value of this volunteer time is in excess of £17,500.
Over the 5 years, organisations have contributed at least £225,000 of their time ‘in kind’.
The work of SFI is contributing to providing Natural Capital through Provisioning Services, Regulating Services and Cultural Ecosystem Services. This includes:
Creating hedgerows in at least 2.6km of Buglife B-line target pollinator areas
Enhancing genetic and bio-diversity by linking landscapes via new habitat networks
Helping to improve water quality
Sequestering between 11,780 and 15,200 tonnes of CO²
Contributing to the reduction of erosion / run-off, and the retention of soils
Using hedges to help to store and slow down around 12,900m³ (tonnes) of water during rainy periods.
We produced a model (EcoServ-GIS) which maps where 9 different essential natural services such as water purification are being provided in the Ouse.
With partners and contractors we have developed a range of computer models and mapping tools to assess woodlands and rivers in the Ouse for their suitability / unsuitability for NFM measures.
We have supported three research projects up to PhD level including projects on the design of Large Woody Dams and their influence on channel flow and geomorphology.
We have worked closely with at least 30 key national and local stakeholders, and a number of lead and local flood authorities.
We have conducted detailed sub-catchment mapping of nearly 5,000ha of the Ouse catchment
and have facilitated River Habitat Surveys of over 51km of the main river, covering 10 sub catchment waterbodies.