On Tuesday 28 April the Adur and Ouse catchment welcomed Carolina Pinto and 2 colleagues from the Re-naturalize Project for Mangarai in Brazil. Pete King of the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust (OART) led a guided walk at Buxted Park Weir (MORPH) on the River Uck and Sheffield Park (MORPH) on the Ouse.

OART partnered with the Environment Agency in 2012/13 on the Middle Ouse Restoration of Physical Habitats (MORPH) project that removed the weir at Buxted and reconnected historic meanders on a stretch of the River Ouse. Pete is pictured right on the bridge that passed close to the location of the old weir at Buxted. These sites are brilliant examples of cost effective river restoration and both of them have improved dramatically in the 2 years since completion. The Sheffield Park site has benefitted from a 2 hectare Woodland Creation Scheme on an unmaintained 'island' between the meander and the canalised stretch of the River Ouse. This is another example of partnership working, in this case between OART and the Forestry Commision, and demonstrates the role woodland can play for biodiveristy and natural flood management.

 

Sites identified by MORPH are still a priority for the Adur and Ouse Catchment. In 2015 it is is intened to install a fish passage at East Mascalls (MORPH) using the Catchment Partnership Action Fund.

 

The Brazilian guests came to the UK for 10 days and attended events have been led by a range of Catchment Partnerships and participants in river restoration. They include the River Restoration Centre, Institute of Fisheries Management, Brent Catchment Partnership, Loddon Fisheries and Conservation Consultative. Events in the South East and Thames River Basin Direvents were held in connection with the river basin panels and Regional Flood and Coastal Committees. Sponsorship for 2 days of practical work was provided by Thames Water through the Rivers and Wetlands Community Days.

 

The trip culminated in the Cost Effective Rivers and Catchments Restoration day at Queen Mary's University, London. Proceedings from the learning event will be linked to from this site when they become available.

 

http://www.therrc.co.uk/events/uk-brazil-learning-working-nature-people-river-catchments

 

 

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting. From an original concept by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.