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 Rivercare@keepbritaintidy.org

Reeds & Waterweeds: Aquatic Plants Workshop

The UBOCP River Wardens programme held an “Introduction to Aquatic Plants Workshop” for 12 river wardens at Priory Country Park in Bedford. A nice warm sunny September day we met outside the café at 10am for a quick run through of the event and the necessary health and safety brief, it was Friday the 13th after all!

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Splashing in Puddles… for Adults!

Whoever said adults couldn’t have fun splashing around in water has never met the Environment Agency! Though there is more to the Environment Agency than just having fun in the water, the EA have dedicated teams that survey our rivers to obtain all sorts of data from chemical compositions to hydro-morphological form and fish to invertebrates to inform them about the health of our rivers and how best to manage them.

Our very keen volunteer river splashers, ahem I mean River Wardens, wanted to learn more about invertebrates. So with that a very interesting and educational workshop run by the EA on surveying and identifying river invertebrates was held on a rather windy day at Gamlingay Eco-Hub.

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River Warden Invertebrate Workshop

Want to learn how to survey river invertebrates?

The River Wardens Scheme with our partners in the Environment Agency are holding a workshop session at the Gamlingay Eco-hub on the 19th September to introduce the subject for newbies and provide further guidance for those who have already had some experience.

As the workshop will have a practical element there is a back up date of the 27th September in case the conditions aren’t right on the 19th.

Save the date! More information will be provided in due course.

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

Aquatic Invertebrate Sampling and Identification Training Workshop

Date: Thursday 29th September 2017, 10am-4pm,

Location: Wadelows Nature Reserve, Toddington (nr J12 of M1).
Cost: Free

The Upper and Bedford Ouse Catchment Partnership is running a FREE 1-day introductory training workshop for volunteers interested in the identification of aquatic invertebrates. As part of this workshop you will learn:

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U&BOCP Spring Symposium

The Upper & Bedford Ouse Catchment Partnership has had a very productive year, including: welcoming new members, developing our website, updating our Vision and Objectives, holding community engagement events, contributing and commenting on EA plans and strategies, producing a funding strategy;  and delivering a number of river restoration projects.

On March 23rd 2017 from 10.00-1.00 at the Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine, we are holding our ‘Spring Symposium’ which will include presentations on many of these activities and updates from some of our neighbouring Catchment Partnerships.  This will be a great opportunity for people to hear more about our work, so please do spread the message far and wide.