Resilient Wetlands – How we’re working to achieve our vision

Devon’s wetlands and watercourses provide resilience to flooding and drought, healthy fisheries and wildlife habitats, fantastic recreational opportunities and a clean water supply.


Board lead:  Lewis Jones, South West water

Officer lead:  Mark Rice, EA + Orlando Venn, NE

Agricultural Resource Management report, 2016 – (Written by the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), for the Devon LNP) This report outlines any barriers to good land and soil management, identifies what current initiatives are missing and suggests actions needed in order to improve land management to improve flood risk management in Devon.

Key partner activities

Identification of priorities and actions at catchment level is led by Devon’s Catchment Partnerships.  For more information see

  • Upstream Thinking is South West Water’s flagship programme of environmental improvements aimed at improving water quality in river catchments in order to reduce water treatment costs.  The initiative is supported by a number of partners.  Current Devon projects funded through Upstream Thinking include:
  • The North Devon Biosphere produced this video to show how farmers in North Devon have managed the land to create new wetlands and help to preserve nutrients in soil and save money.

Here are some Documents and Links relevant to the Resilient Wetlands theme.