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This is the archive for all our previous site visits. Click here to look at this years site visits. 

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River Wensum

Eden and Derwent

17th September 2014

Tatterford               Norfolk         

RiverWiki: Wensum       Photos                         

19th August 2014

Cumbria

RiverWiki:               Barnskew, Whitbeck          Photos

This site visit focused on the River Tat which forms part of the River Wensum Restoration Strategy, winner of the 2014 inaugural England River Prize. The principal aim of this project is to restore favourable ecological conition to the SSSI and acheive the WFD target of Good Ecological Potential. 

The Cumbria river restoration strategy aims to deliver a wide range of restoration projects across all three key Cumbrian catchments. This site visit looked at the Barnskew project on Lyvennet Beck in the Eden catchment and the Whitbeck project in the Derwent catchment.

Spring Meadow

Test and Itchen

1st July 2014

Sheffield Park               West Sussex

RiverWiki: Spring Meadow   Photos

17th June 2014

Houghton                 Hampshire

RiverWiki: Test and Itchen    Photos 

The Spring meadow project aimed to reinstate the historic course of the river through the re-excavation of a visible meander. Natural flood management techniques were used and habitat provision was improved. The project was named the Professional category winner at the annual Wild Trout Trust (WTT) Conservation Awards 2013.

The Test and Itchen River Restoration Strategy is a collaborative project between the Environment Agency, Natural England, local fisheries and riparian owners. To date more than 2km has been improved by bed raising, narrowing and ecouraging a change in management. Two restored sites were visted.

 

River Windrush and Sherborne Brook

Eddleston Water

1st July 2014

Sherborne           Gloucestershire

RiverWiki: Sherborne   Photos

13th May 2014

Cringletie                      Peebleshire

RiverWiki: Eddleston Water   Photos

The Sherborne Windrush Restoration Project is one of 42 Catchment Restoration Fund projects aimed at improving water quality and biodiversity. Works include increasing the availbility and quality of salmonid spawning gravel, introducing woody debris, removing bankside dredgings, addressing run-off problems and reducing livestock access by fencing.

The Eddleston Water project aimed to deliver on the main two objectives of habitat restoration for improvement of WFD ecological status and improved natural flood risk management. Areas of woodland have been planted and stretches of historically straightened river returned to a natural meandering course.