7. Restoring natural processes along the River Quin
Themes: Ecology and biodiversity; People
- Increase understanding of ways of improving the river
- Improve morphology to increase resilience and restore natural processes
The River Quin is being restored as part of a small-scale project that will train local volunteers.
For centuries, rivers across Hertfordshire have been altered from their natural state through dredging, industry and infrastructure projects. This has left some rivers like the Quin, struggling to recover and perform natural processes such as through Braughing.
Working in partnership with local landowners, the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust can offer help and advice on restoring the natural characteristics of chalk rivers across the county.
This project is aimed at improving the River Quin near Gravelly Lane in Braughing. Working with two local landowners who are keen to see the river flourish for wildlife, the Trust have planned a programme that will train local volunteers from Friends of the Rib and Quin (and others) in practical river restoration in 2022.
By introducing key missing features such as woody habitat and marginal planting, this section of river should once again start to create pool and riffle sequences as well as perform better sediment sorting, keeping sections of gravel clean for spawning fish like trout and barbel.