Catchment Data and Evidence Forum 2021

Organisation: Various

Location: Online

Type: Technical Support & Training

The Catchment Data & Evidence Forum 2021 was held online 4th & 5th October. Bringing together over 100 people from across the catchment, coastal and nature recovery data and evidence community, it provided an opportunity to share and learn about the latest developments in monitoring, modelling, data visualisation and analysis.

The Forum included a keynote presentation from Adam Frost of Add Two on Data Visualisation, followed by a mix of lightning talks, discussions and interactive voting.

There were sessions on data and evidence to support nature recovery and biodiversity; health, wellbeing and nature connectedness; citizen science and monitoring; and coastal and marine management.

Two spotlight webinars followed the forum focusing in more detail on data visualisation and the important freshwater areas concept.

Below you can watch recordings of the presentations and each of the webinar sessions. A summary of the Forum will be coming soon.

The Catchment Data & Evidence Forum Agenda - Day 1


  • Welcome & Introduction – Lucy Butler and David Johnson (CaBA Technical Support Team)
  • Keynote: Data Visualization – Adam Frost (Add Two)

Lightning Talks Session 1

  • CaBA Data Package v6 Update – Heather Bell and Catherine McIlwraith (CaBA Technical Support Team)
  • Pollution from road runoff: how it’s affecting your catchment – Jo Bradley (Stormwater Shepherds UK
  • Spatial prioritisation for nature-based solutions – Outcome: increased ground and surface water resources – Andrew Mackenny-Jeffs (Environment Agency)
  • Constructed wetland design guidance – Matt Simpson (Constructed Wetland Association)

Data & Evidence to support nature recovery and biodiverity

  • Data and evidence to support the Local Nature Recovery Strategies – Matt Low (Natural England)
  • Northumberland Local Nature Recovery Strategy – Abi Mansley (Northumberland County Council)
  • West of England – Water Recovery Network – Siobhan Lamb (Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership)
  • CaBA Biodiversity Hub – Lucy Butler (CaBA Technical Support Team)
  • Update on freshwater habitat data projects under the priority habitat driver – Chris Mainstone and Ruth Hall (Natural England)

Lightning Talks Session 2

  • Visualising catchment connectivity and associated risk change using satellite and weather station data – Sam Westwood and Gary Hodgetts (Anglian Water)
  • Forget passability and big dams: lessons from barrier removal modelling and eDNA – Josh Jones (Swansea University)
  • Evaluating the Defra NFM 15 million Project – Heather Bell (CaBA Technical Support Team)
  • Virtual field visits – Caitlin Pearson (West Cumbria Catchment Partnership) and Sim Reaney (Durham University)


Health, wellbeing and nature

  • Nature Connectedness – Miles Richardson (Derby University)
  • The CaBA Health and Wellbeing Evidence Base – Ellie Brown (Ribble Rivers Trust)

Citizen science and monitoring

  • Are Oxford’s rivers safe to swim in? Using citizen science and a water company – Claire Robertson (Thames21)
  • Smart Rivers – Going the extra mile for monitoring – Lauren Harley (Salmon & Trout Conservation)
  • Pushing the boundaries: expanding the scope of Riverfly data – Richard Chadd (Environment Agency)
  • Using MoRPh for data and evidence of physical habitat change – Lucy Shuker (Cartographer)
  • Baseline assessment of the River Chess – Smarter Water Catchments – Kate Heppell (Queen Mary University of London) and Angela Bartlett (Kings College London)
  • The Catchment Monitoring Cooperative – Michelle Walker (CaBA Technical Support Team)

Taking a wholescape approach to catchment, coastal and marine management

  • Modelling the impact of catchment activities on coastal marine ecosystems – Paulette Posen and Naomi Greenwood (CEFAS)
  • Water: Now and for the future. What evidence do we need for decision making? – Thea Wingfield (Environment Agency)
  • Long-term strategic coastal monitoring in England – Charlie Thompson (Channel Coastal Observatory)
  • Guiding the restoration of our estuaries and coasts – Ben Green (Environment Agency)
  • Wholescapes Approach to Marine Management – interactive roadmap – Natasha Bradshaw (University of the West of England, Bristol)


Webinar: Re-thinking Data

90% of information absorbed by the brain is visual. Great data visualisation can help you to communicate your key data stories better, make a greater impact with your audience and help drive action and change behaviour. In this webinar Jayne Mann and Emily Cooper from The Rivers Trust and CaBA Communications Team explain the importance of good data visualisation and share practical tips and demos to help you design a great data story. Includes using Canva and Flourish to make impactful infographics, find high quality free imagery, and make interactive charts and animations to bring your data to life.

Webinar: Identifying Important Freshwater Areas

The Important Freshwater Area (IFA) concept has been developed by the Freshwater Habitats Trust to help target action to protect freshwater biodiversity and develop projects to best protect, restore and improve connectivity for freshwater. At the heart of the concept is the key principle that, to stem the decline in freshwater biodiversity and prevent further extinctions of freshwater species, both regionally and nationally, it is essential that we protect the remaining high-quality areas, the Important Freshwater Areas (IFAs), and strategically restore and create new high-quality habitats to extend these areas, and so improve connectivity and resilience. In this webinar Hannah Worker from the Freshwater Habitats Trust introduces the IFA concept and explains the different sources of data used, how to apply the analysis, and how the approach has been used to target delivery of practical freshwater conservation projects.

More Information

This event was supported by the WaterCo-Governance (WaterCoG) project under the Interreg North Sea Region VB programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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