4. Restoring the Rib for Native Wild Fish
Bringing the River Rib back to life; restoring the river to teem with wild fish and create a thriving fishery for anglers.
This project is focused on improving a two mile stretch of the River Rib, restoring it to a thriving fishery between Rib Valley Fishing Lakes and its confluence with the Lea at Hartham Common.
The Abbey Cross Angling Club own and manage this section of river and are keen to see it restored to support healthy populations of native, wild fish such as Barbel, Chubb, Roach and Dace. Restoration will also encourage more angling participation, keeping the classic tradition of course fishing alive and anglers as active stewards of the river!
The lower Rib has been damaged through historic activities such as dredging and flood defences, as well as suffering chronic low flows. This has led to a degraded river in need of work to improve the quality of its habitats and restore its natural form and flow.
The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust are working in partnership with the Abbey Cross and Environment Agency, to bring the river back into good health for wild fish and anglers.
The first stage of the project is focused on removing a failing weir and restoring conditions of the channel, so that wild fish can migrate freely along the river and have better spaces for refuge and spawning.
The project will be delivered in phases, working upstream from Hartham Common in 1km stretches. There are 13 stepped weirs throughout the fishery and each will be tackled in turn to make them passable to fish, along with improving the river's habitats to support better angling.
Design work to remove the first weir and improve the channel is being undertaken by AquaMaintain Ltd. and is due to be completed by December 2020.
We are seeking funding to enable the project to be delivered in 2021 onwards, once the design work is complete. Following this first stage, we will be seeking further funding to develop more designs and deliver restoration work throughout the rest of the fishery.
Please contact Sarah Perry, Living Rivers Officer, on the details below if you would like to discuss opportunities to support this project.