Manual of River Restoration Techniques

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The River Restoration Centre (RRC) Manual of River Restoration Techniques aims to help river managers identify potential restoration techniques for use in river restoration and sustainable river management. First issued in 1997, it provides detailed examples of innovative and best-practice river restoration techniques, and now includes 68 case examples from 39 sites across the UK which can be downloaded freely as PDFs.
New to the Manual?
  • Please read the ‘Introduction’ section first to learn more about the resource.
  • Users can search by river name, restoration aim or use an interactive map.
  • Decision support pages are available to help identify relevant case studies.

Further Guidance

RRC has the expertise to provide further advice on techniques, including:
  • If an MOT technique is suitable for your river or project;
  • Other techniques not yet included in the manual;
  • Other aspects of project planning, delivery and evaluation.

If you want more information on the advice RRC can provide, please email us at or visit our advice page.

Search the Manual

Use the search bar below or the drop down menus to find relevant techniques and case studies.

Navigate to sections or techniques


Decision Support 

View Projects by Overall Aim 

View Projects by River Name 

View Projects by Site Designation 

Tabular Overview of Techniques

Map of Techniques

Reference Material

Print Manual (low resolution version) 

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