Dallow Downs & Winsdon Hill (DD&WH) and Cowslip Meadow, have gained national status as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), as announced by Natural England on 14th October 2020.

Every September on the Fourth Sunday is World Rivers Day.

We have been selectivly removing trees that may pose a risk to the footpath running alongside the channel, or to the stability of the bank between the mill race and the River Beane where the breach as occurred. 

The Houghton Brook project team collaborated with partners earlier this month to host the Environment Agency’s first virtual breaking-ground event, marking the first stage of construction of the flood alleviation scheme.

A consultation has begun on proposed changes to the water company water resources planning guideline.

A new Chalk Aquifer Alliance has been formed to bring together all those working to protect chalk streams and their aquifers across England.

Anyone with an interest in chalk rivers is invited to subscribe (for free) to receive regular updates, hear about events and get their latest news updates direct to your inbox. See chalkaquiferalliance.wordpress.com for more details.

The River Beane is an internationally rare chalk stream habitat which has undergone decades of degradation due to historic weirs which have caused slow flows, sedimentation and blockages to fish passage.

Work begins on the Houghton Brook Flood Storage Area this week, beginning with some tree felling and site clearance. 

The river improvement project at The Moor has recently been completed.

To support efforts to keep the River Lea healthy, a member of Groundwork staff supported the council-led river clean-up event at Wardown Park on the 27 February 2020.

River bed improvement upstream of Tewinbury Farm

This stretch of river suffers from heavy silt deposition caused by reduced flows, dredging in the 70s, and the ponding effect of a weir. The aim is to restore the river to a silt-free, gravel bedded, shallow, fast flowing stream, with riffles and pools capable of supporting water crowfoot and breeding trout.

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