NFM Resources

Why does ‘Slowing the Flow’ work?

Summaries and graphic representations of Natural Flood Management (NFM) measures

To explore more information on Natural Flood Management measures from Natural Flood Management Research Programme CLICK HERE

What consents and approvals do I need before I carry out Natural Flood Management (NFM) measures on my land?

Other Natural Flood Management Schemes and How They Work

The winter of 2015-2016 was the wettest in recorded Irish history. Vast areas of the country were underwater, in some cases for months.  This episode of Eco Eye looks at the increasing threat from flooding to homes and livelihoods and investigates the various solutions available. The video also shows the scheme in Pickering where they used innovative soft engineering solutions to their flooding problem and asks whether that could provide the answer for other areas of the UK.

St. Helens, Liverpool NFM Programme – Other examples of NFM are illustrated here on this video about a programme similar to ours in Liverpool. 

Thaxted, Essex NFM Programme – How they used leaky dams to Slow The Flow

A similar scheme at Belford in Northumberland is also in full swing.  See their website HERE

A recently published book about NFM in the Czech Republic by Michal Kravcik called After Us, the desert and the deluge.  There are some great photos off NFM structures. The book has an english translation running alongside the Czech. You can view it HERE

Our colleagues at JBA Consulting have been working with Lancaster University and United Utilities to investigate how extensive NFM in large recently flooded catchments could have reduced flood flows in extreme storms, such as Storm Desmond in December 2015.

Read the full story below:

Or read the full techincal report on the Natural Course website:

Over the past 5 years JBA have built up a range of online learning resources about river and coastal management as part of their charitable work. These are (and have always been) free for anyone to use.

These resources could be particularly helpful in the current situation to support home learning, providing an exciting and innovative way of learning about rivers and coasts. Some students will be studying these topics as part of their curriculum, while parents may be looking for something different and unique to help inspire and educate their children.

Resources include YouTube videos and activities that have been developed with teachers, and tested in classrooms, covering Key Stages 2 to 4 of the National Curriculum (age range 7 to 16).

Some of the videos also include more advanced topics that may be relevant for students in FE/HE, and to support continuing professional development. They may also be of interest to community groups and volunteers.

JBA will be releasing a series of Twitter posts via @JBATrust each linking one of their worksheets with a relevant video, follow JBA on Twitter.

Other useful Natural Flood Management / Calderdale Links

The Environment Agency

Calderdale Council

Eye On Calderdale

The National Trust

Natural England

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Upland Restoration

National Flood Forum

Our friends at the JBA Trust supporting the hydrology research

Here is a link to a PDF which contains some interesting reads on catchment management