Webinar Series

Our series of 60-minute webinars to allow NFM researchers and practitioners to share knowledge and experience.

Recordings of webinars to date are available here.

To see the webinar programme listings click on the image below.  Scroll down for details of upcoming webinars and how to book your place.

Upcoming webinars:

22 September 2020 12:30 – 13:30: Chris Uttley, Senior Advisor Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Environment Agency

The Environment Agency’s NFM work and view on NFM in Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMS)

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Chris will talk about how NFM is currently being implemented by the Environment Agency with case studies including work at Stroud.  He will also talk about how the Agency sees NFM links and opportunities with the ELMS which will replace the Common Agricultural Policy, the EU subsidy scheme.   ELMs will support delivery of the DEFRA 25 year Environment Plan and will come into force in 2024.

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22 October 2020 12:30 – 1:30: Katharina Bauer, South East Rivers Trust

Monitoring infiltration and retention to support assessment of Ecosystem Services

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Images from South East Rivers Trust

Katharina will talk about the PROWATER project which is generally focused on building a structure for a Payments for Ecosystem Services scheme to implement ecosystem-based adaptation measures for water scarcity and create resilience to extreme weather events such as drought and flooding. The Trust is working on three pilot areas in Kent and East Sussex, two of them chalk aquifer catchments and one a (clay) surface water catchment. An important part of the work is the more conceptual element of creating a collective long-term vision on implementation of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) measures and a framework on which a ‘Payment for Ecosystem Services’ scheme can be made operational.

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19 November 2020 12:30 – 13:30: Dr Tom Nisbet, Forest Research, Landwise NFM

Woodlands and NFM

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Tom will talk about how woodlands and their management can affect flooding. He will consider the different mechanisms and factors involved, the magnitude of the woodland effect, the role of opportunity mapping and the valuation of the woodland flood regulation service. Tom will conclude by describing a planned new Forestry Commission Practice Guide on designing and managing forests to reduce flood risk.

Tom works for Forest Research and leads the Physical Environment Research Group. He has over 30 years of experience in forest hydrology and applied catchment management, including leading the Slowing the Flow at Pickering NFM project. His team have been at the forefront of evaluating the contribution of forestry to NFM, with results directly informing forest policy and practice.

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3 December 2020 Q-NFM  Dr Nick Chappel & Dr Trevor Page, University of Lancaster

Q-NFM: Quantifying the likely magnitude of nature-based flood mitigation effects across large catchments

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Focusing on their research on three large Cumbrian catchments of the Kent, Derwent and Eden, but with experimental work elsewhere in the UK.

Cumbria Nick and Trevor will talk about  the quantification of the likely effectiveness of NFM measures for mitigating flood risk at small to large catchment scales. Their work is addressing gaps in the evidence on how individual NFM measures work and the reductions in peak flow for communities at risk of flooding.

The impact of a wide range of measures is being studied including agricultural interventions such as sward lifting and leaky bunds, hedgerow and wall restoration, leaky dams in peatland gullies and headwater channels, tree planting and floodplain reconnection.

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21 January 2021 12:30 -13:30: Jon Hollis, Natural Flood Management Programme Manager, Environment Agency

What we’ve learned from the Defra £15 million NFM pilot programme

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Jon will explain how the pilot programme is informing mainstreaming of NFM by the Environment Agency.

25 February 2021 12:30 – 13:30 Dr Stewart Clarke, National Trust

Natural Flood Management: a land manager’s perspective

As a major land owner with ambitions to restore nature and deliver public benefit, the National Trust has been engaged in natural flood management projects for a number of years. During this webinar we will explore the role of land managers in delivering NFM and describe the range of projects the National Trust is involved with from leaky dams to reintroducing beavers. We will also consider the place that NFM might have within wider flood risk management and also agri-environment schemes and how the National Trust is informing these debates.

18 March 2021 12:30 – 13:30 Dr Maleki Badjana, Professor Anne Verhoef, Steve Rose, Dr David MacDonald, Landwise NFM

Modelling NFM in lowland catchments 

This webinar will explore the application of a linked modelling approach to quantify the effectiveness of land-based NFM measures implemented across more permeable lowland catchments in the West Thames basin.  The NFM measures under particular investigation include: crop and soil management, woodland creation and leaky barrier implementation.  The linked modelling work has also evaluated how changing groundwater recharge dynamics, as a result of widespread NFM implementation, could influence the risk of groundwater flooding to vulnerable communities and river baseflow contributions.

15 April 2021 12:30 – 13:30, Professor Keith Morrison, & Dr Will Maslanka University of Reading, Landwise-NFM

Improving Soil Moisture Estimation from Space Radar

Routine, in-service coarse mapping of soil moisture from space radar have been implemented at the catchment scale. This study seeks to extend it down to the field scale required for flood mapping utilizing the Sentinel satellites, validated by extensive field measurements.

21 May 2021 12:30 – 13:30 Dr Mark Wilkinson, James Hutton Institute

Catchment hydrology and NFM – details to be added

17 June 2021 12:30 -13:30 Dr James Blake, Landwise NFM

Measuring impact of land management on soil properties

James will present on the Landwise field survey results – specifically how different Natural Flood Management measures related to land use and land management affect soil physical and hydrological properties with implications for flood risk management. Survey sites have included a range of arable, permanent grassland and woodland land uses over chalk, limestone and mudstone geology. Farming practices included range from conventional to highly innovative.

29 July 2021 12:30 -13:30 Mark Mulligan, Kings College London

Developing and deploying a low-cost, distributed monitoring system to evaluate the effectiveness of NFM

Mark will describe techniques for in-field monitoring of the efficacy of NFM interventions and the development and deployment  of open-source, low-cost, DIY, sensors (http://www.freestation.org/)  and the associated //Smart: system (http://www.policysupport.org/smart) of tools for analysis.  These are used to assess the effectiveness of individual NFM measures in a range of UK settings indicating which work better in different situations.

23 September 2021 12:30 – 13:30  Professor Simon Dadson and Dr Marcus Buechel, University of Oxford

Natural flood risk management in the UK: the scientific evidence base

summary to be added

October 2021 (tbc) Prof Martin Evans & Dr Emma Shuttleworth, University of Manchester: Protect NFM 

The use of Empirical evidence in the Protect NFM research

summary to be added

18 November 2021 12:30 – 13:30 Professor Joanna Clark, Barbara Percy, Debbie Kite

Landwise Project Highlights

Overview of the findings and recommendations from the Landwise project including a web tool for visualisation.


If you would like to take part to share and discuss your work in NFM please get in touch with us at nfm@reading.ac.uk.   If you are signed up our newsletter we will also keep you posted on the webinar programme.  Watch this space for more information.