who we help

The LSIDB &

wildlife, canal & river trusts

The LSIDB works in partnership with both Wildlife and Waterways Trusts to preserve and safeguard the ecological, historical, and cultural significance of our waterways and the habitats they provide.

For example, in Gloucestershire the LSIDB manages watercourses for the 260 hectare Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust site at Slimbridge, helping the charity to attract more than 210,000 visitors every year.

In 2022, the LSIDB secured project funding worth £800,000 to make Elmore Back pumping station eel and fish-friendly. Having suffered a 95% decline in numbers returning to Europe’s rivers since the 1980s, the European Eel is now a critically endangered species. Every year, eels migrate to their breeding place in the Sargasso Sea, a journey of some 10,000km. The larvae return to Europe as small transparent glass eels (elvers), drifting for two to three years across the Atlantic, before adapting to freshwater and swimming up watercourses to mature in rivers.

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To learn more about the ways we can help Trusts met their environmental and conservation objectives, including data-based analysis and modelling for ecosystems, please get in touch.

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Did you know?

The work of the Lower Severn Internal Drainage Board (LSIDB) ensures that the wetlands at WWT Slimbridge are perfect for wading birds.

The River Severn and surrounding watercourses were once teaming with elvers (also known as glass eels) but, sadly, the population has suffered such a steep decline that they are now critically endangered.

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Latest from LSIDB

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December 15, 2023

Postcard from the Past

Postcard of the Severn Catchment Drainage Board Operations Team from 1934/1935

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December 15, 2023

ADA Flood and Water Conference 2023

LSIDB Officers attending ADA Flood and Water Conference

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December 15, 2023

Pumping Stations Public Consultation 2023

Two consultation events at Oldbury on Severn and Whitminster were held

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December 15, 2023

Postcard from the Past

Postcard of the Severn Catchment Drainage Board Operations Team from 1934/1935

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News
December 15, 2023

ADA Flood and Water Conference 2023

LSIDB Officers attending ADA Flood and Water Conference

LSIDB is committed to providing innovative solutions to the wide range of challenges related to drainage and flood protection, within our designated area and beyond.

Dr Manjit Pope

Chief Executive Officer