10. Sutton Hall (MORPH)

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.

Project description

One of the 15 priority sites for appraisal and improvement in the Middle Ouse Restoration of Physical Habitats (MORPH) project.

Sutton Hall Weir is an inoperable stepped weir, with a fish ladder that does not work effectively for all fish species. The former course of the river can be seen as a cut off meander to the east of the weir, which is fed from a small drain and contains some ponded and some flowing water.

At this site we would like to reconnect the meanders on the right hand bank to bypass Sutton Hall Weir, and ope up the stretch for fish migration.  Ouline designs have been drawn up for this work, but it has yet to be costed and a funding stream sourced.  

Click on project 2 at the bottom of the project map for more information about MORPH.

Project type: River restoration
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: River Ouse
Project lead: Environment Agency
Project partners: OART
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.