The Upper Aire Project has been designed to tackle waterbodies failing to meet Good Ecological Status by working with landowners and partners to reduce diffuse agricultural pollution, restore physical habitats and control invasive non-native plants.
A partnership between Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Yorkshire Farming and Wildlife Partnership and the Environment Agency, the project has been running since 2011 advising farmers on Whole Farm Plans, Nutrient Management Plans, Farm Infrastructure Audits and advice on woodland planting schemes. A small Capital Fund is available to contribute to river restoration works, such as watercourse fencing, bank restoration and alternative stock watering.
With a small amount of ongoing funding for 2015/16, the project is now seeking more farms with whom to work as well as additional funding. We expect to run an event in Autumn 2015 to enable us to showcase the work and recruit further support.