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Upper Great Ouse Natural Flood Management

The River Thame Conservation Trust is working with landowners and land managers to help reduce the flood risk in Buckingham and provide wider environmental benefits too.  They have funding available to deliver NFM schemes in the area shown on the map during 2021!

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Natural Flood Management (NFM) is a recognised technique and is integrated into the DEFRA agencies delivery of environmental stewardship grants e.g. Natural England Countryside Stewardship and Forestry Commission English Woodland Grant Scheme.

The new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMs) is also likely to include payments for holding water on land.

RTCT are offering the design and delivery of NFM features for free. You choose which environmental grant scheme would be best for you and your new NFM features!

Visit the RTCT website for more information and how to get involved

UBOCP 2021 Farm Business Resilience Virtual Event

The 2021 Upper and Bedford Ouse Catchment Partnership Farm Business Resilience Event has gone virtual.  This year we are unable to welcome you to the usual venues for these events due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, however, we do hope you enjoy the videos which have been produced by some of the partnership organisations.

The aim of the event is to allow farmers in the Upper and Bedford Ouse River Catchment to make good business choices that also benefit our local environment by providing up to date and relevant information.

More information and links to the presentations are available on this page: Farm Business Resilience

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Pennywort Alert on the River Great Ouse

Rivercare are offering free Pennywort Alert materials to river based organisations and towns and villages near rivers to help spread awareness, and get more people involved in an ambitious citizen science mapping project.

A huge number of local people use and value the River Great Ouse – and we need your help preventing the spread of Floating Pennywort and reporting any sightings of Floating Pennywort to monitor its spread and react to its presence.

By logging sightings at on iRecord we can all help to monitor the spread of this invasive species, which will help the plan for its control.

We are offering posters for you to display on your noticeboards, and postcards to hand out to regular river users so long as this can be done in a COVID secure way. Click here to order materials.

If you have any questions, please get in touch via

Farm Business Resilience Events

Funded by Anglian Water and the Environment Agency, the Upper & Bedford Ouse Catchment Partnership is pleased to be supporting the farming community by organising two Farm Business Resilience events in March.  Aimed at farmers and land owners/ managers, guest speakers will present topics including the impacts of Brexit on farming, pesticide regulations, no-till farming and new Wildlife Offers under countryside Stewardship.


For more information please see our .pdf flyer: Event-Invitation 2018