There is a wide range of environmental legislation and policy that applies to drainage bodies when carrying out their functions. This course will provide an overview that includes legal duties relating to conservation and biodiversity, protected species, non-native species, the Water Framework Directive and government policy requirements.
Those working in the land drainage/flood risk management sector that require an understanding of the environmental legislation, policies that apply to them, and how these may impact upon their activities. This includes the Environment Agency, Internal Drainage Boards and local authorities.
You will have an understanding of the environmental legislation and policies that apply and be able to plan and undertake your work to ensure compliance with the legislation and policy.
Laura Thomas BA MRes PgCert CEcol MCIEEM
Laura is a highly experienced Chartered Ecologist with over 11 years’ experience. She is a full member of the UK Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM) and a Chartered Ecologist (CEcol). She is an expert botanist, specialising in aquatic plants, and also has extensive experience of ecological survey techniques, including the UK and Irish National Vegetation Classification, Phase 1 Habitat Survey and EU Habitats Regulations Assessments. She also holds a survey licence for Great Crested Newts and Water Vole surveys.