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RESTORE River Wiki goes live

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Want to know more about river restoration in Europe?

RESTORE has developed a River Wiki to share information on river restoration projects and it is now live. This is an interactive online source of information on river restoration schemes from around Europe.  For example, you can search the database to all the case studies in Finland; case studies that have had monitoring on them or how much it costs to carry out river restoration.

before and after photos of restoration on the River Ravensbourne in London.

Adding your own projects

Please also add your own river restoration scheme to the database.  Please note that you can add projects from

Woodlands for Water

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 A review by the Forest Research and ADAS, jointly commissioned by the Forestry Commission and the Environment Agency has shown the important role of woodlands in delivering WFD objectives.

 

A summary of the report is available on the Environment Agency website (here), and the detailed scientific review is available on the Forest Research website (here).

River Wandle released from captivity in Croydon!

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Less than 50 years ago, the River Wandle in South West London was officially a sewer. Last summer it was declared one of England’s 10 most improved rivers, supporting all sorts of wildlife and even spawning trout. One of the most recent projects, nearing completion, is the restoration of a branch of the river through Wandle Park in Croydon which until recently was buried in a culvert. It won’t be long before the newly excavated channel is reconnected to flow freely through the rejuvenated park, for everyone to enjoy.

                                                              

Fish Live In Trees Too

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In a Radio 4 programme aired in April as part of the Nature series, Brett Westwood explored the growing use of coarse woody debris (CWD) in managing rivers.  

 ''According to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, fish live in trees too'', says the BBC Radio 4. ''The Trust's biologists are using wood as a remarkably effective tool to change the depth and flow of streams and improve them for wildlife. They don't just stop at streams either: at the confluence of the Tame and Trent rivers, they've submerged entire willow trees in gravel islands in a project to widen the river channel.

 

 

13th Annual Network Conference in Nottingham

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A two day conference was hosted by the River Restoration Centre and held at Nottingham University in April. The event presented some of the most cutting edge and innovative ways of achieving river restoration to a 200 strong audience of international environmental experts.

 

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