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Re-wilding the River Bure: Low cost river restoration

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‘How should a river be restored?’ can often be translated as ‘How much will it cost?’
One inexpensive low tech approach, that has sometimes led to divided opinions, is now gaining acceptance as a suitable method of restoring natural riverine processes.
 
A pioneering plan to recreate natural tree-fall was carried out on the River Bure, a chalk stream on the Bickling Hall Estate in Norfolk. The only equipment needed was an old boat, a hand winch and a chainsaw.
 
See the re-wilding of the R. Bure in action here

See wiser website for models on the relationships of restoration measures and their effect

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 http://www.wiser.eu/results/conceptual-models/

The conceptual models are used to illustrate the relationships between three common restoration measures (riparian buffer instalment, instream mesohabitat improvement, weir-removal), its effects on instream environmental key variables, and eventually the impact of changing variables on benthic algae, macrophytes, benthic invertebrates and fish.

 

Calling all planners !

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The RESTORE team is busily writing a handbook about river restoration for spatial planners and developers who do not have a background in this subject. It will be a practical summary of our approach and will explain what we want to achieve, why it is important and how we do it to get the best results. 

If you are a planner we would love to have your help in shaping this handbook so we can produce the information you really need. 

If you'd like to help please contact us on: restore@environment-agency.gov.uk

 

 

RSA Student Design Awards 2012/13

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The Royal Society of Arts, in conjunction with the Environment Agency, are asking students to design or update a method of tackling water pollution. The aim is to reduce the impact of man-made structures, restore natural features to water environments, and to reduce the impact of water pollution. 

Two awards are available for this brief, including a paid internship at the Environment Agency or an RSA Fellows Award of £1250. 

Submission requirements for the competition can be found on the RSA's website 

Download this brief (PDF)

 

 

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