The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) provides public access to information held by public authorities. The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) are complementary, but are a separate piece of legislation to the FOIA and are used to access environmental information held by public authorities.
Invasive species such as Giant Hogweed, Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam, pose a serious threat to our natural heritage by out-competing native species. They can out-compete because the natural checks and balances (e.g. predation) which native species are subject to do not affect non-native species.
Within Gloucestershire, the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) at the University of Gloucestershire have developed an integrated local delivery (ILD) framework, implemented in a range of situations, that enables those with local skills and environmental land management knowledge to contribute to the management of sensitive and key environmental sites.
The Fieldmouse modelling tool helps you target landscape sources of diffuse pollution, it routes and decays diffuse loads from Farmscoper and similar through the catchment and provides an easy visual assessment of which sources contribute most to the observed concentration.
ECM+ has been developed to predict the effects implementation of Best Management Practices (BMP’s) (Cuttle et al. 2007) will have on sediment, faecal indicator organisms (FIOs), phosphorus and nitrogen inputs into watercourses.
Towards Hydrocitizenship joins a growing body of academic and policy initiatives which seek to address local hydrospheres (interconnected water flows and exchanges) holistically, in ways which address these interdependent issues on catchment and systems based scales.