Project Overview

Following the devastating floods in July 2019, the rural communities surrounding Arkle Beck approached YDRT to help develop and implement their ideas for mitigating flood risk. The project will benefit the local community by slowing the peak of flood flows in Arkle Beck and it will also provide benefits to nature by improving and diversifying the habitats and connecting communities to the riparian habitats and wildlife.


  • Implementing natural flood management (NFM) techniques on Arkle Beck, through creating detailed NFM Farm Plans for works such as installing leaky dams, tree and hedgerow planting, willow-spiling, creating scrapes and earth bunds.
  • The NFM works will be developed into a demonstration site to help engage other landowners and communities to take up NFM on a larger, landscape-level scale.
  • Using the momentum of the success of the NFM measures, to roll out the project across Arkengarthdale and Upper Swaledale, helping to build resilience to flooding across the landscape and the communities it supports, and engaging with residents to increase connection with the river habitats and wildlife.

In June 2021 we were involved in the Heggs-Castle Cluster bioblitz at Castle Farm, looking at freshwater invertebrates, analysing water quality, surveying macrophytes and doing some electro-fishing, to gain an insight into the biodiversity baseline of the site.

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