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Buffer zones - NT1101

The aim of this project is to address the prevention of diffuse pollution of surface water through the establishment of cost-effective buffer zones which have sustainable retentive and transformation capacities. The principle objective is to provide guidelines to MAFF on the design and management of buffer zones for the control of diffuse pollution to surface waters, with due regard to conservation interests. To evaluate the financial implications of buffer zone implementation at three levels: (a) the cost of establishing buffer zones; (b) the cost of short term and long term maintenance; and (c) the cost effectiveness of the buffer zone policy at the catchment scale, relative to other land management practices, in achieving water quality standards and conservation benefits. Finally to prepare management guidelines for farmers on desirable plant community types within buffer zones as well as within adjacent in-stream habitats. To identify plant species that indicate buffer zones are not functioning effectively and other simple management rules that will restore the functional properties of buffer zones.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : NT1101 Buffer Zones in Headwater Catchments   (1173k)
• ANX - Annex : NT1101 Annex 1-2   (1211k)
• ANX - Annex : NT1101 Annex 3-4   (1249k)
• ANX - Annex : NT1101 Annex 5-6   (1840k)
• ANX - Annex : NT1101 Annex 7-9   (2590k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1993

To: 1996

Cost: £228,189
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Silsoe College
Fields of Study
Fertilisers and Nitrate Pollution