30. Engaging communities in the restoration of Waterford Heath

Themes: Water Quality, Habitats and Wildlife; People

Objectives:

  • That whatever the flow level, the river and its associated habitats, including banks and floodplains, are managed to support chalk stream species
  • To increase the attractiveness, visibility and public access, to enable people to appreciate the river (commensurate with managing and protecting sensitive habitats and species)
  • To increase the public's appreciation of the unique chalk stream environment and their participation in its conservation

Project description

This project will restore a section of chalk river (River Beane) within Waterford Heath, improving visitor access and engaging the local community in the conservation of this rare habitat.

Specific activities will include:

  • Restoration of a section of river, removing large trees that dominate. This will open ‘windows of light’, allowing in-channel and marginal vegetation to grow, improving the condition for wildlife (e.g. water vole, river water dropwort).
  • Community volunteer work parties to remove scrub from the river edge, encouraging emergent vegetation.
  • Community engagement activities - work parties, chalk river education days, guided walks.
  • Improve visitor access to the north heath, reprofiling the entrance and installing a new gate.
  • Create a circular walk along the river and through the north and south heaths, with interpretation panels to inform visitors about chalk rivers and their global scarcity.
Project lead: Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Project partners: TBC
Funding source: TBC
Project start: 2015
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Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting.