Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency are pleased to announce a funding opportunity for landowners and farmers in the Upper Aire catchment.

We invite you to try this innovative online auction tool for delivering land management measures which has been developed in partnership between the Environment Agency and the Sylva Foundation.

This reverse auction-style platform is the way we are inviting bids to deliver water quality improvements and natural flood management within the catchment.

Go to FAQs for more detail on how it works.

What you can deliver under this funding;

  • New Hedgerows
  • Soil Aeration
  • Tree Planting
  • Fencing to exclude livestock from waterways and new hedges or trees
  • Drinking Points to allow access for livestock to the water

The auction will open at 12:00 on 4/10/2021 and close at 17:00 on 15/10/2021.

This is an opportunity for landowners and farmers to bid for funding to carry out interventions on their land which will help to improve water quality and flood management as well as providing other benefits such as better soil health, greater biodiversity and carbon sequestration.

Landowners and farmers can select locations on their land for the measures and bid an amount to carry out the works. After a review, the most competitive bids will receive funding based on which will achieve the best possible outcomes for the catchment.

Who can apply for what?

Landowners and farmers can bid for funding for any land within the Upper Aire catchment shown in the map above.

What is the aim of Upper Aire NatureBid?

We want to slow the flow of water in the catchment as well as improving water quality and wildlife habitat.

NatureBid is being funded by the Environment Agency through the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS)

The Leeds FAS Natural Flood Management (NFM) project will give an essential 5% reduction to peak flows in the River Aire during a 1 in 200 flood (a 1 in 200 chance of flooding in any given year or 0.5% each year - these are extreme events). This will help protect those at risk of flooding in Leeds and along the River Aire. This will be achieved by delivering a number NFM measures within the catchment to reduce the timing and magnitude of flood peak.