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The Eden catchment is a mixed grassland catchment in the North West of England.  Eden DTC is focussing activities on three sub catchments (Pow, Newby and Thackthwaite) and one demonstration farm (Newton Rigg).  The general approach in the Eden is that mitigation should be approached through the source –mobilisation–delivery framework and that this needs to work closely with local farmers and landowners, with ownership and empowerment at the heart of the approach.  Eden is eligible to Entry Level Scheme and Higher Level Scheme.  The Eden is a priority catchment for Catchment Sensitive Farming Initiative (CSFI) and the mitigation strategy should also complement/work with existing initiatives particularly the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) livestock programme and CSFI.  There are already some funded streams of activity in the Eden and the potential to expand the partnerships through Defra, Environment Agency, Catchment Sensitive Farming Officers, research councils and European funding is either already in place or is being pursued. The EdenDTC is already committed to ‘cleaning’ up 3, two km2 catchments within the DTC sub catchments.   ‘Mobilisation’ control will require all ‘hotspots’, e.g., farm standing local foul water drains and vulnerable fields, to be identified. A series of interventions including new guttering, drains, ponds, lagoons and soakaways will also be required. The evidence base for strategy can be largely determined by before–after, control-impact studies. ‘Delivery’ management will require a landscape scale assessment of flow pathways, including edge of fields, roads, tracks, land drains, riparian areas and both small and larger scale wetlands.  Dr Paul Quinn ([email protected]) and Prof John Quinton ([email protected]) are the contacts for more information on the mitigation strategy EdenDTC. Please use the form below to get in touch.

EdenDTC consortium approach to mitigation

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