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In April of this year, the Severn Rivers Trust successfully completed the CRF ‘River Rea Restoration’ project. The River Rea is an important tributary of the River Teme Catchment, which was in dire need of help; the catchment was failing the Water Framework Directive due to excessive sedimentation, wood and weir blockages and rapid bank erosion were destroying suitable habitats for salmonids and damaging invertebrate life.

Coppicing and fencing help improve riparian habitats and reduce erosion.

River Rea suffers from excess sedimentation and bank erosion.

After 3 years of hard graft work on the ground and in the river, we have successfully completed over 35km of fencing, coppicing, creating buffering strips, tree planting and restoring riparian habitats. Six major fish barriers in the catchment have now been tackled, either by removal or installing fish passage on weirs opening up the upper part of the catchment for salmonids to pristine habitats.

Due to the success of this project, though identifying further work was needed, we were able to secure further funding from the SITA trust, who support environmental improvement projects through the landfill community funds. We are pleased to announce our Riverfly volunteers in the River Rea are continuing to monitor the success and WFD monitoring has shown improvements!

Coppicing and fencing help improve riparian habitats and reduce erosion.

Coppicing and fencing help improve riparian habitats and reduce erosion.

If you would like to read more, please see the publication report link below:

CRF River Rea Restoration Web