8. Shermanbury (ARPHA)

Themes: Fisheries; Natural rivers


  • 2. All constraints and risks to the establishment of thriving fish populations (comprising an appropriate range of species) within the Adur and Ouse systems will be identified.
  • 10. Identify, research and find funding sources for re-naturalisation projects throughout the catchment.
  • 19. The effects, on fish and fisheries, of restoring rivers to a more natural state will be clearly identified and taken into account in river restoration plans.

Project description

One of the 12 priority sites for appraisal and improvement in the Adur Restoration of Physical Habitats (ARPHA) strategy. 

 The three Shermanbury Mill leat structures currently currently act as a barrier to coarse fish and elvers and there is a lack of in-channel and marginal vegetation.  Also, the impoundment resulting from the weirs at Abbeylands Gate and Sakeham Farm (two of the three structures) is causing siltation and a lack of flow diversity in the main channel.  Solutions for these weirs have been considered together, primarily because of a potential bypass option and bank re-profiling around both structures.  

This project has yet to be fuly costed and funded.

Project type: Fish by-pass
WFD status: Moderate
WFD overall status objective: Good
Benefiting species/habitats: Fish, in-channel and marginal aquatic flora and fauna
Total area covered by project: Adur West
Project lead: OART
Project partners: Environment Agency
Funding source: Environment Agency
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Project start: April 2011

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