Ashley Community Habitat Project
Wild Trout Trust; Environment Agency; Ashley Parish Council
Like much of the River Welland, the river stretch that runs adjacent to the village of Ashley has been heavily canalised. As a result, Environment Agency surveys have shown that very few fish can be found in this region, and the invertebrates populations are equally low.
The key issues this project will address are: biodiversity; morphology and community engagement.
This river stretch has been restored by the Environment Agency in the past, focusing on morphology, flow and habitat. Further improvements are required to improve these past works to benefit river morphology and provide suitable habitat.
The purpose is to work with Ashley Parish Council to deliver river habitat and morphology improvements to benefit the local wildlife. This will include in-channel improvements, and bank reprofiling.
Physical works have begun in the summer of 2018, are will be finished by December 2018.
Output and Monitoring
The deliverables are likely to include length of channel restored, number of improvements made, and biodiversity improvements shown through Pre- and Post-work surveying.