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Dear Tamar Catchment Partnership Members,

Welcome to the Summer news round up from the catchment. I hope everyone is well and starting to find their way with COVID-19 adaptations. Please read on and enjoy some good news from around the catchment and a few dates for some (online) events.

- New paper on the Catchment Based Approach
- Tamar Banks Habitat Creation Scheme Update
- Online maps for future saltmarsh, seagrass and oyster beds
- DiadES Project Webinar 15/07/2020
- Catchment Data & Evidence Forum 18/09/2020
-Tamar Water Stewardship Board Award nominations
- Plymouth River Keepers Website 
- England Tree Strategy Consultation
- Tamar Valley AONB Invasive Plant Project Update
- Challenegs& Choices Consultation still open

If you have anything you would like to be shared with the partnership please email Freya and it can be added to the next newsletter (Autumn) 

Curious about CABA?

A new paper has been published all about it in the Journal of Environmental Science & Policy:
"Collaborative water management across England - An overview of the Catchment Based Approach" (2020) R. Collis et al. 
See the paper here

Tamar Banks Habitat Creation Scheme Update

The Environment Agency is seeking to implement an exciting project to create up to 14 hectares of new inter tidal habitat and a further 4 ha of freshwater habitat at South Hooe in the Tamar estuary. The purpose of the habitat creation is to offset predicted losses of habitat caused by future sea level rise. These works are supported by Natural England and will sustain the biodiversity of the estuary helping it be more resilient to climate change.

For more information and some FAQs a press release is available to view here

This work is part of the EA's environment program for catchment level mitigation of the highly modified areas of the Tamar estuary & Plymouth Sound for flood protection. There are a number projects working to create and restore inter tidal habitats upstream on the River Tamar:

Maps for future saltmarsh, seagrass and oyster beds 

The EA are publishing Restoration Potential Maps, identifying areas where modelling has shown that local topographic and hydromorphological conditions could be suitable for the creation of new saltmarsh, seagrass or native oyster bed habitats. The seagrass and saltmarsh restoration potential maps were published in April 2020, and the native oyster map will be available shortly. The maps are publicly accessible and are hosted by the Rivers Trust on their Coastal Data Explorer portal.
For more information see the briefing note 

DiadES Project Webinar 15th July

Interested in the Ecosystem Services provided by diadromous fish? 
(shads, lampreys, eel, salmon, trout, mullet…)

DiadES aims to assess and enhance ecosystem services provided by diadromous fish in the Atlantic Area, and in parallel, the conservation status of these species, by explicitly considering in their management expected impacts of climate change on their distributions. 
Register for webinar

Catchment Data & Evidence Forum 18th Aug 2020

The FORUM is free and open to all and we welcome anyone involved in or interested in using data & evidence to support catchment management and engage communities.
Building Social Capital: Engaging Communities through Catchment Data & Evidence and includes:
  • Monitoring & Citizen Science
  • Making data and evidence more accessible to communities
  • Collaborative catchment modelling; and
  • Understanding and changing behaviours through data and evidence.
Event information

Tamar Water Stewardship Board Shortlisted for Award

Westcountry Rivers Trust are incredibly pleased to have been shortlisted in the in the IEMA Sustainability Awards 2020 Consultancy and Collaboration and Biodiversity and Environmental Net Gain categories. This recognises the work they have done with Premier Foods and the Tamar Water Stewardship Business Board via the CPES project. Winners anounced in September. 
More info about the Business Board

Plymouth River Keepers website now LIVE

Plymouth River Keepers Website

 England Tree Strategy consultation

DEADLINE 11th September 2020

Everyone – from farmers, foresters and land managers, experts and environmental organisations, to members of the public – is being invited to give their views on the future creation and management of our trees, woodlands and forests, including:
  • how to expand, protect and improve our public and private trees and woodlands
  • the increased role that trees and woodlands can play in supporting the economy
  • how best to further connect people to nature
  • the most effective way in which trees and woodlands can be created and managed to help combat climate change
England Tree Strategy Consultation

Tamar Valley Invasive Plant Project Update

Despite the pandemic, there continues to be generally encouraging news following the survey and treatment of Giant Hogweed in the Tamar Valley in 2020. Overall numbers continue to decrease in the main survey area, down from 156 in 2019 to 81 this year. An extra 35 plants were located on other sites, adjacent to the main survey area, up from 18 last year. These additional sites are considered to be important sources of localised populations and have been surveyed and controlled annually year since 2016.
Despite the overall decrease in Giant Hogweed numbers in the catchment, the variations in the species’ occurrence and distribution from one year to the next highlight the challenges faced in eradicating an invasive plant on a catchment scale. This, and other issues, will be considered in the project review, which is currently underway. Discussions will take place on how these challenges can be addressed through long-term monitoring as we get closer to the ultimate aim of eradication of Giant Hogweed in the Tamar catchment.

Challenges & Choices Consultation 
DEADLINE 24th September 2020

There is still time to have your say on the future of how we manage our water and local environments in the long term. If you need some inspiration to help with your response take a look at the workshop notes.
Take part in the consultation here..
Workshop Notes
EA Incident Hotline - if you see pollution to water or land, including dead fish or fish gasping for air, call 0800 80 70 60.

Check, clean, dry - prevent the spread of invasive species by looking after your kit. Click here for more info.

Love your loo - only flush the 3Ps - pee, paper, and poo - down the loo. Click here for more info.
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