What is NatureBid?
NatureBid is a reverse-style auction in which farmers and landowners can bid for works on their land to improve water quality and/or help with natural flood management.
The auction will run for two weeks from Monday 15th – Sunday 28th March 2021.
During the auction, landowners can use the online bidding platform to select locations on their land where they’d like the works to take place and bid an amount they could provide the work for. The most competitive bids will receive funding after a period of review to achieve the best possible outcomes for the catchment.
NatureBid has been developed in partnership with the Environment Agency and the Sylva Foundation and is being delivered by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The Yorkshire Farming and Wildlife Partnership, who help to deliver the Upper Aire Project, are also advising on NatureBid.
Ruth Robinson, River Aire Project Officer at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, said: “We’re really excited to offer this funding opportunity to farmers and landowners in the Upper Aire catchment. NatureBid has run successfully in other counties in the UK, but this is the first time it has been trialled in Yorkshire. Through this partnership project we hope to restore watercourses back to good ecological status, so that ecosystem benefits delivered by them can be improved.”