Data and Evidence

We want to ensure our work is underpinned by the best scientific information available. A large number of studies have been conducted which guide the work of the West Cumbria Catchment. Click here to search the full Repository of studies.

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Where did the Catchment Portal Data come from?

Most of the data used in the production of the Catchment management plans was made available through the CaBA Open data and can be downloaded from here.

The UK government is obliged to collect data regarding the quality of waterbodies in the UK as part of its requirements under the Water Framework Directive – a piece of European legislation which commits EU member states to achieve ‘good’ status waterbodies. In England, this data collection is undertaken by the Environment Agency. As well as a network of monitoring that is undertaken, on a standardised national scale, the Environment Agency are required to assess ‘reasons for not achieving good status’ and draw up appropriate River Basin Management Plans to address these reasons.

Under the Conservation of Habitats and Species regulations (2010), the UK government is also obliged to undertake monitoring on European and National designed sites within the UK (SACs, SPAs and SSSIs) to assess their condition. In England this is undertaken by Natural England.

Land cover data is from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Land Cover Map 2007 (LCM2007), released in July 2011. It is derived from satellite images and digital cartography with land cover categories based on UK Biodiversity Action Plan Broad Habitats.

The riparian shade maps were produced by the Environment Agency from aerial imagery, as part of the ‘Keeping Rivers Cool’ initiative.