Over the next few months we will be undertaking surveys across the catchment area, analysing each channel and making recommendations for management.
“Over the last six years baseline data has been gathered on each channel managed by the board and changes to management recommended. We now have an opportunity to re-visit a selection of channels and understand how a change in management has made a difference to both biodiversity and drainage issues.” said Carol Donaldson.
“There are also opportunities to enhance channels through simple measures such as creating pools at channel junctions and shallow marginal shelves at strategic locations. “These changes can easily be achieved when a channel is de-silted and can have great benefits for fish and dragonfly,” Carol said.
Working with landowners is key but alterations to management practices can benefit everyone. For instance, diffuse pollution can lead to channel becoming enriched with nitrate. This leads to accelerated weed growth. Creating rougher field margins is one way of reducing the amount of nitrate lost from a field. This saves money for landowners, prevents localised flooding and improves water quality for wildlife.