The Drainage Channel Biodiversity Manual (NE121)

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The manual has been written principally for the staff and members of Internal Drainage Boards operating in England. However, the techniques described should be just as useful for other public authorities undertaking flood risk and water level management activities – the Environment Agency and local authorities. Many of the techniques, particularly those that are relevant to the smaller drainage channels, could also be deployed by private landowners and conservation bodies on their landholdings.

The techniques are also applicable in other parts of the United Kingdom where drainage channel networks occur, with the caveat that different laws and policies may pertain to the management of flood risk and wildlife conservation. Nature Conservation and the Management of Drainage Channels, jointly published nearly 20 years ago by the Nature Conservancy Council and the Association of Drainage Authorities.

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