7. Ditch and floodplain restoration
Theme: Ecology and biodiversity
- Enhance and restore floodplain habitats
This project will enhance the floodplain habitat in the valley below Widford Parish Church.
This project will pull the fence line back along a spring fed ditch which discharges into the River Ash. This will enable a larger area of riparian vegetation to develop, creating habitat for insects and small mammals. A series of small weirs will be installed along the ditch, behind which small scrapes will be created which a graded back into the field. This will create fish refuges and also promote the overtopping of the ditch into the field during times of high groundwater, helping to restore the wetland habitat.