Bow Brook 2011-2012

Silt trap at Huddington - created to stop silt entering the Bow BrookSilt trap at Huddington - created to stop silt entering the Bow Brook

The Bow Brook is classified as a failing watercourse under the Water Framework Directive. It is failing largely for its ecology; macroinvertebrate assemblages and fish numbers are low. It also has high Phosphate levels.

In 2011-2012 work to address these issues took place across 3 main sites; Huddington, Drakes Broughton and Peopleton. Between August 2011 and March 2012 the project delivered the following.

Areas of bank profiling 3
Scrape/wetland/pond area created (m2) 8475
Length of hedgerow planted (m) 160
Length of erosion control matting installed (m) 175
Trees pollarded 12
Length of brookside field improved (m) 1631
Invasive species (Crassula helmsii) controlled (m2) 300
Arable land reverted to grass (ha) 2.53
Sites visited for advice and assistance 20
Cattle drinkers installed 2


For pictures of the work carried out so far please see the Bow Brook 2011-2012 gallery page