Evidence for Don Catchment NFM

Providing evidence to improve land management with multiple benefits

iCASP is advising the Don Catchment Rivers Trust on their National Lottery Heritage Funded Hidden Heritage Secret Streams (HHSS) project. This is based on the Upper Rother Catchment, a tributary of the River Don.

One of the aims of the project is to improve the way land is managed so that it provides both social and heritage benefits. It will focus on reducing diffuse pollution from different sources, slow the rate at which water flows within the catchment and make it easier for different species to flourish by ensuring suitable habitats are connected up in the landscape. At the moment, it's difficult to prioritise what should be done and whether volunteers can do it. The available information has not been consolidated or analysed at high enough resolutions to understand which areas require land management. This is where iCASP can add most value.

Drawing on academic expertise, the project will assess land-management options proposed in the HHSS project, collate open source data and produce opportunity maps. The lessons learnt can be used by other neighbouring and national catchments.

The project will draw on lessons learned from the following iCASP projects: The Derwent Data Finder and Modelling NFM pilots across Yorkshire.


Don Catchment Rivers Trust
University of Leeds
University of Sheffield
University of York

Project Team

Prof. Lorraine Maltby & Prof. Phil Warren – University of Sheffield
Prof. Colin Brown – University of York
Prof. Pippa Chapman, Dr. Paul Kay, Dr Megan Klaar & Dr. Chris Hassall – University of Leeds
Dr. Janet Richardson – iCASP Impact Translation Fellow
Dr. Ed Shaw & Rachel Walker – Don Catchment Rivers Trust


September 2018 – January 2019


These include two reports on the overall project and three case studies on erosion risk, habitat connectivity and overland flow.

Main reports

Don Catchment Main Report

    Don Catchment GIS Methods Report

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      Case studies

      We have also produced sub-catchment opportunity maps of the 6 sub-catchments not covered in detail in the main report, please get in touch if you would like to have copies of these (or associated GIS data).

      The GIS Methods Report details a step-by-step guide to producing hotspot and opportunity maps, including the use of satellite imagery to produce high resolution land use maps. These reports are not intended for complete beginners to GIS mapping to pick up and use. If you have not used GIS for mapping and processing data before you may find these links helpful in gaining basic skills in GIS before you attempt to apply the work outlined here to your own area of interest.

      Useful resources: GIS guidance and tools