• How does the auction for landowners work?
    • This reverse auction allows you as a landowner to bid for funding to carry out and maintain one, or multiple, types of work on your land which contribute to the improvement of water quality and natural flood management through slowing the flow of water in the catchment (‘measures’ include buffer strips, tree planting, leaky dams, hedgerows).
    • To do this, on the website, you can bid for an amount of funding for the bundle of measures you wish to use. The tool will say whether their bid is 'selected', which means that it qualifies for funding. This, however, can change if other landowners submit lower bids (i.e. can put in place the measures for less money). If your bid changes from 'selected' to 'unselected', you will be notified by email, and you can then lower your bid if you wish.
  • What am I bidding for?
    • You are bidding for funding from the Environment Agency to put in place one, or multiple, interventions or land management measures on your land. Please note that as landowner, you are responsible for maintaining any measures that are funded under this grant for 5 years (so we recommend that you should account for this in your bid).
  • What are the measures?
    • Descriptions and factsheets for the measures can be found here. Please note that there are restrictions on where certain measures can be implemented. Bids for buffer strips, fencing and drinking points, new hedgerows and soil aeration are accepted throughout the whole of the Upper Aire catchment. Bids for leaky dams, tree planting and wetland scrapes are only accepted in the following waterbodies: Otterburn Beck from Source to River Aire, and Aire from Otterburn Beck to Eshton Beck. Please see the map below (Figure 1) for further guidance.
    Figure 1 Location of priority waterbodies and sites where bids for measures will be accepted in the Upper Aire catchment
  • Are there minimum or maximum prices I can bid for?
    • There is no minimum price you can place a bid for, as the most competitive bids will receive funding after review. However, there are maximum price limits for each measure. Please see the table below (Table 1) for further guidance.
    Table 1 Summary of Upper Price Limits for each NatureBid measure
    MeasureUnit/MeasureUpper Price Limit (£) per Unit/Measure
    Buffer Strips£/ha2950 (incl. fencing)
    Drinking Points£/Livestock Trough138
    Leaky Dams£/leaky dam955
    New Hedgerows£/m31 (incl. fencing)
    Riparian Fencing£/m8
    Soil Aeration£/ha95
    Tree Planting£/ha12,400 (incl. fencing)
    Wetland Scrapes£/m²4
  • How will Natural Flood Management affect my farm?
    • There are a number of potential benefits a land manager can get from putting in place Natural Flood Management measures, including:
      • Reduced flood risk to productive farmland and farm buildings;
      • Improved soil fertility and reductions in soil loss, pesticide and fertiliser runoff;
      • Reduced effects of drought as healthy soils retain water for longer in dry periods;
      • Improved drainage of waterlogged areas preventing prolonged flooding of farmland;
      • Bankside fencing reduces the risk of waterborne disease and lameness in stock;
      • Hedges and tree planting can provide shelter and shade for stock;
      • Reduced erosion of tracks and river banks;
      • Reduced need for gravel management;
      • Potential for income generation for the landowner (from commercial woodlands and short rotation willow coppice).
  • How can I ensure that my measure meets standards?
    • Factsheets and guidance for each measure can be found here. In addition, the YWT and YFWP can provide a free advisory visit. This may include a walkover on your land to discuss locations of suitable measures and help to estimate costs. If you are would like a free consultation, please contact the YWT at ruth.robinson@ywt.org.uk or YFWP at phil.lyth@farmingandwildlife.net.
    • If you are successful in the auction, we will visit your farm to check the suitability of your proposed measures before we sign any agreement with you.
  • When and how will I be paid for implementing the measures?
    • Once we sign an agreement with you, 90% funding will be made via bank transfer from the YWT. Work is due to be carried out by March 1st 2022. You will supply us with evidence that you have implemented the measures by 1st March 2022. Evidence will be verified by the YWT to ensure that that each measure has been implemented satisfactorily. The final 10% payment will be made direct via bank transfer from the YWT upon collation and approval of this evidential information.
  • How does implementation of measures and funding affect current agri-environment schemes?
    • If land is in an agri-environment agreement, it is the responsibility of the landowner/farmer to consult with RPA/ Natural England to ensure that compliance with the agreement is not affected. Please check your agri-environment scheme manual before making a bid, and contact the RPA if you have any queries. Agri-environment agreements may need to be amended or derogations provided.  NatureBid cannot fund works which are already receiving funding through other schemes. Similarly, be aware that any works funded through NatureBid will not be eligible for funding in an agri-environment scheme.
    • Please also note that NatureBid and the funding supplied for works is separate to Environmental Land Management schemes (ELMs).
  • What agreement will I have to sign up to?
    • This is the agreement that YWT will have with you if you place a successful bid. (Nature Bid Agreement)
  • What if I have multiple properties?
    • You can add multiple properties on the online auction website. There are no restrictions on how many properties you can add, or how many measures per property you can bid for.
  • Can I change my bid once I've submitted it?
    • You will be able to make changes to your bid once it has been submitted. You will be able to alter the price, change the length and area of measure (if applicable), as well as deleting the bid. The original bid does not need to be withdrawn to make these edits.
  • How will I know if my bid is successful?
    • When you place a bid, you will be able to see whether it is currently selected for funding. Then you will be emailed an update, but only if the status of your bid changes (i.e. if someone outbids it, so it changes from currently selected to unsuccessful).
  • Will my successful bid be reviewed?
    • If your bid is successful we will visit your farm at an agreed time before 31/05/21 for a pre-agreement site visit. This will be to discuss and evaluate your proposed measures and any permits you might need, as well as anything else that might affect delivery such as archaeology, protected site status. We will help you to submit any necessary permits. During this visit we will also discuss the evidence you will need to provide to YWT once the measures have been implemented. This latter discussion will form an appendices in your agreement with the YWT.
  • What will happen if I do not deliver the measure(s) agreed upon before 1st March 2022?
    • If you have not implemented any agreed measure(s) before 1st March 2022, we will clawback any funds paid to you and not pay you the remaining 10%.
  • What will happen if my bid is unsuccessful?
    • When you place a bid, you will be able to see whether it is selected for funding. Then you will be emailed an update, but only if the status of your bid changes (i.e. if someone outbids it, so it changes from selected to unsuccessful). If you are unsuccessful you will not receive funding to complete the land management measures proposed.
  • Can I receive technical help with the NatureBid Platform?
    • The YWT are happy to provide any technical assistance with regards to the online auction process. The YWT may also provide technical help with the completion of any permits required for completion of successful bid works. If you require any technical assistance, please contact the YWT at ruth.robinson@ywt.org.uk.
  • Who can I contact if I have a problem?
    • If you have a problem using the online auction tool, please contact the YWT at ruth.robinson@ywt.org.uk or on 07342 999209.
  • Step by step reference for how NatureBid works:
    • Please refer to Figure 2 for a summary of the NatureBid auction process.

    Figure 2 Summary of the Upper Aire NatureBid process