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  • 27 Jun 19: Royal Norfolk Show - Discovery Zone This year the Wensum DTC team joined forces with UEA PhD researcher Natasha Balashova in the Royal Norfolk show's 'Discovery Zone' with a stand featuring a range of educational activities on integrated catchment management and posters and leaflets explaining the Wensum DTC's diffuse pollution mitigation research. Natasha's board game where participants aimed to reduce their diffuse pollution along a river valley was especially popular. Particular thanks to UEA student ambassadors Christine and Mo who put in a lot of hard work and great enthusiasm in engaging with visitors ensuring the stand drew a lot interest from children and adults alike.

Stand at the Royal Norfolk Show

  • 19-20 Jun 19: Seminar on Catchment Ecosystem Management with Delegation from Chinese Ministry of Water Resources A seminar and field trip to the Wensum DTC project area at Salle Farms was arranged for a delegation from the Department of Soil and Water Conservation of the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources (MWR). The purpose of the visit was to learn about the UK’s policy, regulation and approaches in catchment ecosystem management. The seminar included presentations from Rob Davies of Defra who provided an overview of UK policy on water quality and agriculture; James Grischeff of Natural England who explained how government is working with agriculture to improve soils and water and Andrew Lovett who gave a talk on the Wensum DTC work; there was also a presentation from Chaoyong Pu of the MWR on soil, water conservation and ecosystems in China. In the last few years, five delegations have visited the UEA and Wensum DTC study site, included two delegations from Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (in 2013 and 2018), a delegation from Chinese Ministry of Water Resources (in 2019), a delegation from Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (2012), and a delegation from China Agricultural University (in 2017). These have been organised through the UK-China Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network (SAIN) which is based at UEA.

Delegation from the Department of Soil and Water Conservation of the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources

  • 12 May 2019: Wild About the Wensum This year's event theme was 'water' so a perfect opportunity to once again showcase the ongoing work in the Wensum DTC relating to measures for improving water quality and reducing diffuse pollution from agriculture. The move to a Sunday event seemed to draw the crowds and the variety of water-related activities and quizzes proved popular with the many visitors to the stand.
 
Wild About the Wensum event at Pensthorpe Natural Park

  • 28 January 2019: Sediment Trap Study in the News An interview with Prof Andrew Lovett of the Wemsum DTC and Poul Hoveson of Salle Farm Estates regarding the roadside sediment traps installed on the Estate in 2017 was featured on BBC East's Inside Out programme on 28th January and was followed by features on the national and local BBC websites and has been taken up by the local press. The traps prevent sediment ending up in local watercourse where it smothers the gravel bed and can alter the water chemistry and ecology. The results so far are promising - reducing sediment load into the Blackwater river by over 50%. One trap caught over 7 tonnes of sediment in one year. The programme will be available for 28 days at the following link: - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0c0gljw/inside-out-east-28012019. The article on the BBC website is available [here]. Look out for further news in the Eastern Daily Press.
BBC East Inside Out features work from the Wensum DTC