The purpose of the project is to restore an approximately 900m length of the river Severn within the Llandinam Gravels Nature Reserve to a braided channel configuration. The project aims to help preserve habitats that are increasingly rare in the UK context through the use of an assisted recovery approach teamed with morphodynamic modelling, a cbec speciality.
cbec was commissioned by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) to develop a strategic environmental rehabilitation plan for salmonid habitat improvements in the Owenmore catchment, Co. Galway, an area that has historically been a prime sea trout and salmon fishery. Focusing on physical rehabilitation, cbec’s approach to developing a catchment-scale management plan was based on a novel combination of assessments.
Aim was to produce restoration designs for an extended section of the River Darent in Acacia Hall, Dartford, Kent. The river was significantly impacted through this stretch, with a concrete-lined channel and weir structure within the Acacia Hall reach and generally poor ecological quality and limited aesthetic appearance throughout. Restoration involved the development of a more natural, sinuous channel, removing the extensive hard engineering to reproduce a more visually appealing lowland chalk stream aesthetic.