4. Develop a river management plan
Theme: Ecology and management
- Increase the amount and quality of in-channel, bankside and floodplain habitat
This project aims to develop a river management plan for the area around Castle Farm near Wheathampstead.
This section of the river, which is in private ownership, displays some wonderful natural features including meanders, gravel beds and good macrophyte populations. A mink raft is in place. However, the ecology of the river could be improved in some areas. There are also areas of erosion which are threatening banks, widening the river and promoting the deposition of silt.
A management plan for this section of the river has been developed, which aims to improve the river's ecology and morphology and addresses the issues of erosion and siltation.