• How does the auction work?
    • The auction allows farmers to bid for funding to construct and maintain one, or multiple, NFM measures on their land.
    • To do this, the user can bid for an amount of funding for the bundle of measures they wish to implement. The tool will indicate whether their bid is 'selected', which means that it currently qualifies for funding. This, however, can change if other users submit lower bids (i.e. will implement measures for less money). If a user's bid changes from 'selected' to 'unselected', they will be notified via email, and they can then lower their bid if they wish to do so.
  • How will I know if my bid is successful?
    • When you place a bid, you will be able to see whether it's currently selected for funding. You will be emailed if you have been outbid and then have the option of re-entering a lower bid. Once the auction has closed, you will receive a further email confirming whether or not your bid was successful.
  • Can I change my bid once I've submitted it?
    • The only way in which you can change your bid once you've submitted it is to decrease your price. This is to ensure that the auction remains fair and competitive. If you've made a mistake with the non-monetary details of your bid, such as the location of your NFM measure, you will need to contact us at victoria.munday@fwagsw.org.uk.
  • What am I bidding for?
    • You are bidding for funding from the Somerset Rivers Authority to construct or adopt one, or multiple, NFM measures on your land. For the capital items you will need to maintain the capital items (Hedge Planting, Hedge Planting on Banks and Leaky Dams) for a minimum of five years after implementation, so you should account for this in your bid. The land management options (Grassland Subsoiling, Grassland Slitting, Maize Management and Buffers on High Risk Crops) are one-off options on the basis of one or two growing seasons, as stipulated on the measure specifications.
  • What are the measures?
  • How can I ensure that my measure meets standards?
    • After the auction closes, if your bid has been successful, you will be contacted by a member of our team to discuss how your chosen NFM measures will work best on your land, and they may also make a follow-up site visit to ensure that the measure has been implemented correctly.
  • When and how will I be paid for implementing the measures?
    • After the follow-up site visit to verify that the measure has been implemented correctly, payment will be made via bank transfer by the Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA).
      The purpose of installing the NFM measures is to help deliver the Land Management work stream of Somerset's 20 Year Flood Action Plan, as part of the partnership approach known as Hills to Levels. Funding for the NFM measures comes from the 2020-2021 Somerset council tax and contributions from Somerset's Internal Drainage Boards.
  • Who can I contact if I have a problem?