We have had contact from the Wandle Trust who have been doing enhancement works on the Hogsmill for a while
There is a new section they will be working on a asked if any TAC members would like to get hands on. This is a great opportunity to help improve this Thames tributary and reading the plan it will greatly improve habitat for the fish, all very good news.
This is the email, contact info to sign up is included, I am planning to go on the 16th or 17th March.
I am writing to inform you of a project that the South East Rivers Trust (Wandle Trust) and Kingston University have been working on. Tim Longstaff has given me your details saying that you are a friendly active bunch who may be keen to get involved.
The section of the Hogsmill River that flows through the Knights Park Campus is lacking habitat and diversity of flows. The river here is over-wide, uniform and without cover in the form of in-channel trees, marginal cover and deep holes. The right bank is made of a near vertical wall. Although there are some good chub present, this stretch of river is very short between weirs both upstream and downstream. We therefore aim to provide a variety of habitat to suit all life stages of fish and riverine life within the reach.
We have just been consented by the EA to carry out some habitat improvement works. This will take place over three phases.
- The first phase is scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday (24th-25th February) between 10am-4pm
. This will involve felling several trees and fixing them in the river. This will provide cover and encourage erosion and deposition, therefore increasing geomorpholgcal diversity.
- The second phase will be narrowing and creating a sinuous channel. This will involve creating low flow berms with chestnut faggots and gravel. The majority of this will take place on the right bank in front of the University wall. This will take place on Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th and Monday 17th March again between 10am-4pm
. Being after the end of the season you may be keen for an excuse to get out into the river.
- The final phase is planting up the newly constructed berms with native riverine species. This will take place on Wednesday 2nd April between 10am -4pm.
This project is part of a larger project that the Trust is currently working on. The aim is to improve connectivity for fish passage along the length of the river. We have currently removed three weirs in the upper reaches and drowned another out. In theory, by project completion a fish should be able to swim from the Thames to the source in Ewell.
If you and other TAC members want to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
to sign up and get further information.
I hope to see you there,
Many thanks and kind regards,
Catchment Project Officer