The CIWEM Living Wetlands Award recognises multi-functional
projects that demonstrate the sustainable use of wetland habitats.
The award was co-founded with RSPB in 2002/3.
The 2013 award is now CLOSED for entries.
Closing date - 25th January 2013
UK projects that are either work-in-progress or complete are
To be eligible for the Award, projects must:
- contribute to the delivery of priority UK Biodiversity Action
Plan (BAP) species and habitat targets for wetlands
- demonstrate sustainability and delivery of multiple benefits
e.g. flood alleviation, wastewater treatment, recreation,
eco-tourism, water resource security
- ensure no priority BAP species or habitats are harmed by the
In addition, it is desirable that projects:
- contribute to increases in numbers of breeding wading birds
(e.g. redshank, snipe, lapwing) and/or other threatened wetland
- contribute to the restoration of floodplain functions
- include a programme for education or promotion/dissemination of
- constitute a new area of work for the entrant, or add value
beyond the normal remit of the organisation
To be eligible for the Award, projects must meet all of the
essential entry criteria. Entries are scored out of five against
each of the essential entry criteria and out of three against each
of the other desirable criteria. The maximum possible score is thus
Where possible, entrants should provide numerical records of BAP
species seen on site and, if available, comparative data showing
how numbers of BAP species have increased since the start of the
project. This information will be considered along with other
factors such as the size of the project and location.
The prize consists of the Mance Memorial Trophy (a
specially-commissioned bronze trophy of a snipe), publicity for the
winning scheme, a framed certificate and a cheque for £1,500, which
should be used to fund the delivery of further UK Biodiversity
Action Plan (BAP) targets, publicity of the project and/or related
education. The Award will be announced and presented at the CIWEM
Annual Dinner in 2013.
How to Enter
Please fill out the entry form ( available from the panel on the
right ) and send it along with a succinct summary report, up to ten
single sides of A4 in length including illustrations. We would
prefer this to be in electronic format however if printing please
use double sides (5 pages). Sections should be clearly marked and
photographs and diagrams used to illustrate the entry. You may like
to outline the following:
a) Background to the project
b) Project funding and management
c) How the project benefits wildlife
d) Community involvement, education and public access
e) Sustainability and other benefits that the project delivers
(e.g. flood alleviation, eco-tourism etc)
f) Future plans and how winning the Award would benefit the
Any history of legal infringements or insurance claims against
the entrant(s) must be stated in the entry.
If the file size is under 4 MB please email your report and
completed entry form to email@example.com
If the file size exceeds 4MB please send four individual copies
on CDs or hard copies to Rosanna Geary, Policy Department, CIWEM,
15 John Street, London, WC1N 2EB.
Closing date for entries is the 25th January
The judging panel will consist of five judges (to make sure a
conclusion is reached) including the CIWEM Director of Policy, one
of the sponsors and a further 3 from our pool of technical experts
depending on the entries (these will come from CIWEM's panels and
networks). As of 2010 Judges will be revealed (if they are happy to
be revealed) after the judging is complete. If no entries meet the
essential criteria no Award will be given.
If a project has any history of legal infringements stated in
their application judges will request further information from the
entrants. Judges will be able to deduct up to 30 points at their
discretion depending on the infringement.
Judges appointed by CIWEM will choose the winners. The judges'
decision on all matters relating to the competition is final.
The CIWEM Living Wetlands Award winner for 2012 was
Brockholes Nature Reserve, in Lancashire. Brockholes is a
106-hectare site made up of former gravel workings located in
Central Lancashire within reach of the city of Preston, in an area
of high social depravation. Since the site's purchase in
December 2006 by The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and
North Merseyside, the reserve has managed to proactively protect
some key UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) habitats and
species. Brockholes nature reserve is very much at the leading
edge of the widely accepted need to bring wildlife and people
together in a way that meets long term targets in
The CIWEM Living Wetlands Award winner for 2011
was Beam Parklands, a new 53 hectare multifunctional
wetland park in east London. The site is located amidst the
industrial and residential legacy of the Ford works, in one of the
most deprived parts of the country. A key objective has been
the creation of diverse habitats that support the wealth of species
known to be at the site, including water voles, great crested newts
and wetland birds.
The winner of CIWEM's prestigious Living Wetlands Award 2010 was
'The Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Project', managed by the Isle
of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT). The project involved repairing and
enhancing the Navigation-part of a chalk river system that
stretches for ten miles from Winchester to Southampton.
The 2009 Winner was the STREAM Project by Natural England
with partners Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency,
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Wessex Water. The
project is a £1 million four-year conservation project centred on
the River Avon and the Avon Valley in Wiltshire and Hampshire.
STREAM will undertake strategic river restoration activities and
link management of the river and valley to benefit the river
habitat including water crowfoot and populations of Atlantic
salmon, brook and sea lamprey, bullhead, Desmoulin's whorl snail,
gadwall and Bewick's swan. For more information on this project
please visit www.streamlife.org.uk or
download the PDF file from the panel on the right.
The 2008 winner was the The Moray Council with their entry 'The
Wards Wetlands Wildlife Site' an urban wetland site situated in the
city of Elgin in Morayshire.
The winner of the 2007 Living Wetlands Award was
Sutcliffe Park - Quaggy River Flood Risk Management Scheme
submitted by the Environment Agency. More...
The 2006 winner was The Little Ouse Headwaters Project a community
based charity with the aim of restoring wildlife habitat along the
headwater of the Little Ouse. More...
The 2006 winner of the Small Living Wetlands Award is Yorkshire
Water for their entry Scrayingham Ecological Wastewater Treatment
The winner in 2005 was Essex Wildlife Trust's Abbotts Hall Farm
coastal realignment scheme on the Blackwater Estuary. More...
The 2004 Award was won by Aston Hall Farm, a working farm
at Stone in Staffordshire, with a scheme that transformed a
300-acre site into a floodplain grazing marsh. The project was
submitted by a partnership of organisations led by Severn Trent
Images and project material may be used by CIWEM in award
promotion and publications. Permission will be sought from entrants
before material is used.