Improvements on a 0.2km section of the river between Baginton Road Bridge and the Old Mill Hotel were made including the removal of Bagwork Weir and the Side Channel Weir and the construction of a new fish pass on the Mill Weir, which will significantly improve upstream fish migration.
The EA have also improved the river habitat over the site area, creating more natural features and allowing the river to regain a more natural flow to help create the habitats needed by invertebrates, plants and fish, and to increase oxygen levels in the water.
As water levels were lowered to facilitate our work during the project a significant quantity of rubbish was able to be removed from the river including 84 tyres, approximately 2000 plastic bottles, several old radiators, a bicycle frame and numerous other items.
This work forms part of the EA’s efforts to meet their targets for improved water quality, as set out under the Water Framework Directive.
Daniel Johnson, Fisheries Technical Officer for the Environment Agency said:
“We are delighted that we have been able to carry out this project to help improve the habitat for wildlife in the local area. This work will help contribute towards the protection and enhancement of the environment for wildlife and for people in future years.”