The Par catchment has some of the highest concentrations of properties at risk of flooding in Cornwall due to years of land change impacts from agriculture and climate change. This project will carry out a ‘whole-catchment’ project that contributes to the longer-term climate change resilience plan for the catchment.
Extensive habitat restoration and creation at Helman Tor nature reserve in the upper reaches of the Par catchment, will create a ‘wetter landscape’ to ensure the landscape can hold more water to increase local flood resilience.
This project recognizes it must go beyond nature reserves’ borders to improve the resilience of habitats across the entire catchment. Therefore, this project’s novel approach will use a new area of Helman Tor nature reserve as a demonstration site for the wider catchment, whereby local landowners can see the impacts of effective management of the water environment on their land. This also gives opportunity to engage catchment landowners and land managers in the opportunities for them to leverage private sector investment into habitat management work on their lands.
In partnership with Cornwall Environmental Consultants (CEC), the project team will survey a selection of sites identified through engaged landowners and produce whole-site assessments as part of a novel approach to advice landowners and land managers on management of their water environment as well as BNG and carbon credit development.
The result of this project will be a thriving habitat mosaic with a wetland stronghold at the top of the catchment, that can be used to influence and inform improved management and investment into land throughout the catchment.
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