Publications on River Restoration in Europe

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Rewilding in a Managed Landscape - The Swindale Beck Restoration Project

This article describes the work carried out to restore a meandering profile and natural processess in a section of the Swindale Beck, a tributary of the River Eden in Cumbria. It outlines the need for the project, the restoration methods employed and the anticipated benefits, and discusses some of the challenges of delvering a rwilding project in a managed landscape.


Now the Swindale Beck is flowing through the restored, sinuous channel, we don't expect it to stay wehere it is.. There has already been bank erosion and the possibility that the river may deciede to create a new channel for itself is one that the authors are fully aware of from the outset of the project. The river could become wandering, it could cut off access to the meadow or the farm track that runs along the valley bottom. It could affect soil soil hydrology so that the hay meadows become wetter and domnated with rush. While there are steps that we could take to lessen the likelyhood of these impacts (land drainage, bunding, bank reinforcement), they are keen to avoid them if they can. While tehir aim is to to try to integrate rewilding with management, if nature tells that isn't possible, then that will be a valuable lesoon learned.

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