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  • Britons face insurance ‘crisis’ as UK trims flood defence

    24th August 2011
    Ed Ballard, Bloomberg: Direct Line and Aviva Plc (AV/) are among British insurers threatening to tear up an agreement with the government that commits them to cover high-risk properties, even after claims rose threefold to 4.5 billion ...
  • Otters are Back

    19th August 2011
    18-Aug-2011 The sighting of two otters in Kent has delighted conservationists, who once feared that the iconic mammal could be lost from England’s waterways forever. A country-wide wildlife survey published ...
  • GIS Award for the Rivers Agency

    16th August 2011
    15th Aug 2011 The Rivers Agency (NI) picked up a Special Achievement Award at the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) User Conference in San Diego, California, for its Strategic Flood Map for Northern Ireland. David Porter, ...
  • Drought brings a new challenge in weed removal

    9th August 2011
    08-Aug-2011 Environment Agency teams are continuing to remove weed from rivers to reduce flood risk and improve habitats for wildlife despite the challenges posed by the ongoing drought. This essential work, part of a maintenance program ...
  • Flood Forum publishes strategy to 2015

    5th August 2011
    The National Flood Forum was established to advise and support communities and individuals that flood or are at flood risk.  To raise awareness of the plight of flood victims that experience flooding.  To encourage the establishment of ...
  • £10m Flood Defence works begin at Felixstowe

    5th August 2011
    After the scheme was initially approved in June 2010, the local council were then told in January this year, that the funding would no longer be available. After a campaign by the local council and local Conservative MP Therese Coffey, arguing ...
  • Flood Protection work to protect wildlife at RSPB Minsmere

    4th August 2011
    03-Aug-2011 RSPB Minsmere is home to internationally important flora and fauna including bitterns, avocets and marsh sow-thistle. Work is starting, this month, to continue protection from flooding, by raising and ...
  • Silt clearance reduces the flood risk at Hessle Haven

    4th August 2011
    04-Aug-2011 The Environment Agency is investing £120,000 in silt clearance work to reduce flood risk to West Hull and protect areas of Hessle, Anlaby and Kirkella. Silt is being cleared from a culvert and an estuary outfall.  The ...
  • Opening of the Thacka Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme, Penrith

    29th July 2011
    28-Jul-2011 More than 260 homes and 115 businesses in Penrith now benefit from improved flood protection. On Friday 5 August 2011, the Environment Agency is officially opening its 5.6 million pound flood alleviation scheme which reduces ...
  • Welney Wetlands - home to Iclandic Cygnets

    28th July 2011
      A very rare sight in the UK: Julietta, an Icelandic whooper swan and her cygnets on the wetlands at WWT Welney A tragic swan romance has taken a happy turn as a pair of Icelandic whooper swans, hampered by injury, has hatched a healthy ...
  • 4th phase of implementation of the Flood & Water Management Act 2010

    21st July 2011
    19th July 2011 A fourth phase of implementation of the Flood & Water Management Act 2010 took place (England only) which brings in new powers and duties on national and local strategies and reporting on flood and coastal erosion risk management, ...
  • Environment Secretary meets insurers to discuss flood insurance

    21st July 2011
    20th July 2011 Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman met with insurance providers, community groups and other partners yesterday for further discussions on managing flood risks and ensuring flood insurance remains widely available ...
  • Met Office becomes part of the BIS

    19th July 2011
    18 July 2011 - The Prime Minister announced today that responsibility for the Met Office, along with the Land Registry and Ordnance Survey will pass to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). John Hirst, Met Office Chief ...
  • Flood Defence Products for the residents of Great Ayton

    19th July 2011
    18-Jul-2011 The Environment Agency has given £66,000 to Great Ayton parish council, to help install flood protection products to up to 50 properties which have previously flooded. The parish council will then provide two thirds ...
  • £4 million proposed tidal defence scheme for Teignmouth

    13th July 2011
    12-Jul-2011 The Environment Agency is offering people in Teignmouth the chance to view and provide feedback on the planning application for their tidal defence scheme at Back Beach, Teignmouth. Sublect to apprvals the work is scheduled ...
  • Farmers and water companies urged to act now in response to drought

    12th July 2011
    12-Jul-2011 Action should be taken now to protect water supplies for business, agriculture, the environment and people - thereby minimising the risk of water restrictions in the future, says a new report from the Environment Agency. It ...
  • Wetland loss threatens wildlife and people, leading conservationists warn

    5th July 2011
    More wetlands need to be created across the UK to safeguard wildlife and human health and prosperity, according to leading experts. Nearly one hundred of the country’s top wetland conservation scientists met last week to discuss ...
  • Some areas remain in drought

    5th July 2011
    Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, parts of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, and western Norfolk remain in drought. Anglian Water and Cambridge Water who provide public water supply in this area have said that there is no threat to the public ...
  • South Devon estuary receives wildlife boost as tides return to wetland

    5th July 2011
    01-Jul-2011 An exciting new habitat creation project to benefit both wildlife and people will be officially opened next week by the Environment Agency. As part of its Regional Habitat Creation Programme, the Environment Agency is ...
  • Drought causes more problems for fish

    30th June 2011
    29-Jun-2011 Hundreds of fish are being removed from a Lincolnshire river as the drought continues despite recent spells of rainfall. The Environment Agency will be relocating the fish from the Upper River Slea, which is currently experiencing ...
  • Two Flood Alleviation Schemes

    24th June 2011
    Bucklebury's flood defences unveiled A £600,000 flood defence scheme for Bucklebury in Berkshire will be officially opened later. Streets and homes in the village - made famous as the childhood home of the Duchess of Cambridge ...
  • Drought News - Transferring river water to save the fish

    24th June 2011
    24th June 2011 Fresh water has been released from the River Welland, near Spalding, into the South Holland Main Drain to reduce salinity levels after a number of fish died as a result of salt water entering the watercourse. The Environment ...
  • Drought declared in the Anglian region

    13th June 2011
    10-Jun-2011 Parts of the Anglian region are now officially in a state of drought, Defra and the Environment Agency announced today. Areas in the South West, South East and Midlands are experiencing near-drought conditions following ...
  • More flood and coastal defence schemes to go ahead under new funding system

    27th May 2011
    The following article is courtesy of Defra - 23 May 2011 More flood and coastal erosion defence projects across England will receive government money each year under a new funding system announced today. The new system provides money based ...
  • Hundreds more homes to get flood protection with innovative new products

    16th May 2011
      On Thursday 12 May 2011: The Environment Agency today announced the list of successful applicants for a £2m grant scheme that will help hundreds of householders better protect their homes against flooding. The Environment ...
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