Case study:2e Lower Woodsford River and Floodplain Enhancement

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Location: 50° 43' 12", -2° 18' 51"
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Project overview

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Status Complete
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Themes Fisheries, Flood risk management, Habitat and biodiversity, Hydromorphology, Land use management - agriculture, Land use management - forestry, Monitoring
Country England
Main contact forename Aly
Main contact surname Maxwell
Main contact user ID User:Alymaxwell
Contact organisation Environment Agency
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Partner organisations Forestry Commission, Woodland Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust
Parent multi-site project

Case_study:River Frome Rehabilitation Plan

This is a parent project
encompassing the following

File:2e Lower Woodsford Project Record.pdf

Project summary

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This is a river and floodplain project including 15ha of floodplain and 2kms of main river. Reaches of the River Frome have been improved through removing raised embankments and hard stone bank protection. This allows for natural river processes to occur and reconnects the river and floodplain during high flow events.

Existing floodplain ditches have been re-profiled improving their habitat value while others have been created in a network including new scrapes.

Over 22,000 trees were planted in the project area as part of the wider project utilising Forestry Commission funds through the English Woodland Grant Scheme.

Monitoring surveys and results

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A monitoring Plan has been produced and a baseline of pre works data was collected. This includes biotype mapping, sediment sampling, electro fish survey, RHS Survey and fixed point photography

Lessons learnt

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Applying an ecosystems approach form the start could have attracted more partners funds and benefits and avoided any negative impacts.

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Catchment and subcatchment


River basin district South West
River basin Dorset


River name Frome Dorset (Lower) & Furzebrook Stream
Area category 100 - 1000 km²
Area (km2)
Maximum altitude category 200 - 500 m
Maximum altitude (m) 223
223 m
0.223 km
22,300 cm
Dominant geology Calcareous
Ecoregion Great Britain
Dominant land cover Arable and Horticulture
Waterbody ID GB108044009690

Other case studies in this subcatchment: Bockhampton Enhancement, Hurst Bridge (downstream), Louds Mill (Downstream)m Enhancement, Lower Bockhampton, Lower Woodsford, Martins River Island, Moreton Channel Gravel Reprofiling, North Channel Upper Reach, River Frome Rehabilitation Plan, Unit 1b - Long Bridge to Downstream of Louds Mill... further results


WFD water body codes GB108044009690
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WFD water body name Frome Dorset (Lower) & Furzebrook Stream
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Heavily modified water body No
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Protected species present No
Invasive species present No
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Project background

Reach length directly affected (m) 1800
1,800 m
1.8 km
180,000 cm
Project started 2012/01/01
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Works completed
Project completed 2014/01/01
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Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure
Hydromorphology Assisted natural recovery
Other reasons for the project Protect a nearly pylon and powerline


Structural measures
Bank/bed modifications Removal of revetments
Floodplain / River corridor Tree planting, Lowering of embankments
Planform / Channel pattern Re-profiled ditch
Non-structural measures
Management interventions
Social measures (incl. engagement) Community involvement, Engagement with schools
Other Raised interest in future projects


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