River restoration works continue following successful showcase events

BRCC's Richard Lawrence working with EA staff to install willow bundles to protect the riverbank from erosion at Biggleswade Common
BRCC's Richard Lawrence working with EA staff to install willow bundles to protect the riverbank from erosion at Biggleswade Common

A community event showcasing conservation work around Biggleswade Common was so successful that it has been repeated.

The Upper and Bedford Ouse Catchment Partnership are continuing river restoration works on the common, and a community day held in September helped highlight improvements.

Work has been carried out to reduce erosion by re-profiling steep sections of riverbank and fencing areas off to reduce cattle access to the river.

This will help to address problems of sediment choking the riverbed habitat and excessive in-channel weed growth.

Working alongside Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC) who host the catchment partnership, the Ivel Valley Conservation Volunteers will plant some riverside trees later this winter to aid bank stabilisation, provide additional habitat and further enhance the beauty of the river and the common.

September’s community day was so successful that the catchment partnership was asked to repeat the event as a demonstration to the Board of the Environment Agency of the types of work being achieved by partnerships across the country.

The events held on Biggleswade Common included hands-on river restoration works, information about pressures facing our rivers – including invasive species such as the American signal crayfish, and a popular interactive 3D river processes model,

For more information about the Upper and Bedford Ouse Catchment Partnership visit www.ubocp.org.uk or email info@ubocp.org.uk