Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is undertaking work to restore the Hen Brook that runs through its Christopher Cadbury Wetland Reserve at Upton Warren near Wychbold. There are three parts to the work – restoring the Hen Brook, dredging the Hen Pool and creating a new shallow scrape nearby.
Over time, the Hen Brook has become ‘canalised’ – made straight and deep. The new work will restore one or two gentle meanders into the brook that, together with shelved edges and restored backwaters, will be suitable for marginal plants like water mint and pink water-speedwell to colonise. In turn, these will help provide hiding places for young fish and insects like dragonfly nymphs.