Working for nature

ADA has a long history of working with our members and conservation bodies to integrate the enhancement and conservation of wildlife with water level and flood risk management. Here you can find a series of guides and documents that ADA has been involved with.

Guidance and tools

Biodiversity Action Plans

ADA worked with Natural England in 2010 to produce guidance and a template to assist Internal Drainage Boards with the production of their own Biodiversity Action Plans in 2010, which demonstrate their commitment to conserve biodiversity within their district.

Aquatic and riparian plant management: controls for vegetation in watercourses

This suite of documents have been created by the Environment Agency, with the help of ADA and other water management organisations, to provide guidance on identifying what vegetation management techniques are best suited for any given watercourse.

You can download the field and technical guides and the decision making tool from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/aquatic-and-riparian-plant-management-controls-for-vegetation-in-watercourses

Channel management handbook for flood risk management

A handbook promoting good practice in channel management has been developed for flood risk management authorities. The handbook brings together over ten years’ worth of research and practice in channel management with the aim of improving the process of deciding when and how to carry out channel management for flood risk and land drainage purposes.

You can download the handbook from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/channel-management-handbook-for-flood-risk-management

Middle Level IDB Biodiversity Manual

The Middle Level IDB Biodiversity Manual has been written as a guide to carrying out the actions and the management of the waterways within the Middle Level of the Cambridgeshire Fens for the benefit wildlife and biodiversity generally. The Manual has been written by Cliff Carson, the Environmental Officer of the Middle Level Commissioners.

It includes photographs of local examples of beneficial actions that have been and can be carried out at little cost and without inhibiting the primary object of water management. The Appendices provide details of how to carry out specific actions and include details of where to find further useful information.

You can download the Manual and Appendices from the Middle Level Commissioners website.

Species Action Plans

Wildlife Conservation Partnership has written two species action plans for inclusion within Internal Drainage Board Biodiversity Action Plans.

The Drainage Channel Biodiversity Manual

This Manual was published by ADA and Natural England in 2008 with the aim of encouraging those practices that conserve and enhance wildlife within drainage channels while delivering a standard of maintenance appropriate to the water level and flood risk management needs of the area.

The Manual captures techniques that are being applied in drainage systems by some Internal Drainage Boards for the benefit of wildlife, and to bring them to the attention of a wider audience. The techniques described should be just as useful for other public authorities undertaking flood risk and water level management activities – the Environment Agency and local authorities. Many of the techniques, particularly those that are relevant to the smaller drainage channels, could also be deployed by private landowners and conservation bodies on their landholdings.

The techniques are also applicable in other parts of the United Kingdom where drainage channel networks occur, with the caveat that different laws and policies may pertain to the management of flood risk and wildlife conservation.

DOWNLOAD: The Drainage Channel Biodiversity Manual