Dorset Wild Rivers Project
This 5-year DWT project restored over 11km of chalk-river across the county and involved many land owners, fishing groups and the Wild Trout Trust.
The restoration work included bringing back shallow clean gravels, meanders, banks with lush vegetation and wet floodplain meadows.
Several stretches of winterborne streams were dug out, providing improved habitat for fish and invertebrates including rare species of mayfly and blackfly. Also, over 7 hectares of wet woodland were planted with nearly 8,000 trees and more than 10 islands have been created.
The work provided more food and spawning sites for brown trout and salmon and other fish like bullheads and brook lamprey. Following restoration of the Dorchester Mill Stream, involving a large number of local volunteers, there has been a big increase in the recorded number of breeding salmon and brown trout.
The Dorset Wild Rivers project also benefited threatened native river species such as the threatened water vole and white-clawed crayfish and the better areas of wet grassland have supported birds such as lapwing, redshank and snipe.
|www.intergage.co.uk | Web site Content Management|