9. River restoration at Waters Place Farm
Theme: Ecology and biodiversity
- Enhance the river’s morphology
- Improve the ecological health of the river bed and banks
This project will install a series of deflectors in the river to create variation in flow and remove silt.
The river in this section has been straightened historically to make room for a railway line. This removed the natural meanders and created a more uniform, straight channel. By installing a series of deflectors (wooden posts secured in the river at an angle, fancing upstream), the river is forced to adopt a more winding course which creates areas of faster flow and scours the bed. This removes accumulated silt and exposes the gravel, as well as impriving conditions for water plants such as Ranunculus.