This Environment Agency-funded project aims to create a more varied habitat, creating cool and slow flowing water in the woodland adjacent to the watercourse. These provide refuge, while gravel beds and reprofiled bends create variations in flow and depth.
Reprofiled river banks offer fish refuge in backwaters behind the vegetation in the more diverse flow patterns. They create extra capacity for sediment deposition inside meanders, which helps prevent too much deposition on the river bed.
Gravel introduces riffles that help oxygenate water to benefit fish species and invertebrates such as the white-clawed crayfish.