Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wandle River Restoration Days - Summer/Autumn 2011

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River Restoration Days
Summer/Autumn 2011
Butter Hill Bridge to Wilderness Island
Hello Everyone

Following on from the WTT practical visit on Sunday 27th February when we put in some logs, mini upstream 'Vs' and brash bundles into the Wandle, we'd love to have your help with more restoration work on the Wandle between Butter Hill Bridge and Wilderness Island in Carshalton.

The weir at Mill Pond Place prevents fish from moving upstream, reduces flow and causes layers of silt to form on the riverbed. In mid July the weir will be made more passable to fish and gravel will be added to the river bed by specialist contractors. After which, habitat improvement works will take place.

The work will include introducing faggot bundles into the river to narrow the channel; planting behind the bundles; pinning coir rolls; pinning upstream 'Vs' and logs; making and introducing 'Lunker' structures and making and installing 'Dragon's Teeth' flow deflectors! Lunkers are 'coffee table like' wooden structures installed in the river to create overhead cover and resting areas for fish.

We envisage six restoration events taking place between now and the end of October.

The dates for your diaries are:

* 24th July - faggot bundles
* 31st July - planting and coir rolls
* 3rd & 4th September - woody debris installation
* 17th & 18th September - Lunker structure manufacture and installation
* 1st & 2nd October - Lunker structure manufacture and installation
* 15th & 16th October - woody debris and Dragon's teeth deflectors

We will need to limit numbers to 15 - 20 people per event for the 'hands on' work but, of course, if you want to come along and have a look at what's happening, and talk to Tim and Bella about the plans you will be most welcome.

If you'd like to be involved, please email restoration@wandletrust.org with your preferred dates. As before, we will take people on a first come first served basis. And in order to get as many different people as we can to take part, we'll try and apportion the work between you!

For more details of what's involved see this link http://www.wandletrust.org/?page_id=2539.

We will let you know times and exact locations nearer the time.

Best wishes


This work is supported by the Environment Agency, the Thames Water Habitat Fund and the WATER project selected within the scope of the INTERREG IVA France (Channel) - England cross-border European cooperation programme, co-financed by the ERDF.

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