3. Wetland restoration at Waterford Marsh
Themes: Water Quality, Habitats and Wildlife; People
- 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 public's appreciation of the unique chalk stream environment and their participation in its conservation
To carry out wetland improvements to Waterford Marsh, which will build upon the achievements of the nearby Waterford Heath improvements project, supported by Nature Improvement Area funding.
This project aims to restore the old wetland area of Waterford Marsh, a large public area owned by Stapleford Parish Council, in order to enhance its value for people and wetland species. Measures include:
- Restoring a ditch with the potential for creating a ‘fish pass’ link with the River Beane
- Pollarding of significant willow trees
- Provision of interpretation and information about the catchment
- Bank improvements to sections of the River Beane and some in-channel restoration
The project also aims to establish a Higher Level Stewardship agreement for the Marsh.
Work on this project has now been completed and will be reviewed in Spring 2015.
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