Case study:Letting the Dove Flow 2
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- 1 Project overview
- 2 Image gallery
- 3 Catchment and subcatchment
- 4 Site
- 5 Project background
- 6 Reasons for river restoration
- 7 Measures
- 8 Monitoring
- 9 Additional documents and videos
- 10 Additional links and references
- 11 Supplementary Information
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|Themes||Fisheries, Habitat and biodiversity, Hydromorphology, Social benefits|
|Main contact forename||Tim|
|Main contact surname||Brooks|
|Main contact user ID||User:TBrooks|
|Contact organisation||Environment Agency|
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| This is a parent project
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The river Dove in Dovedale and Wolfscote Dale is one of the most renowned river stretches in Britain. In recognition of its ecological value, the river is designated as part of the nationally important Dove Valley and Biggin Dale Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The river Dove is further recognised as being internationally important for its wildlife and is designated as part of the Peak District Dales Special Area of Conservation (SAC). Dovedale is also a National Nature Reserve (NNR) managed by the National Trust.
The 2010 Site Improvement Plan (SIP) for the Peak District Dales SAC states that weirs, dams and other structures create pressures on the river Dove for White Clawed Crayfish, Bullhead and Brook Lamprey and prevent natural hydrological processes happening, limiting natural habitat development.It recommends that this should be addressed through a river restoration strategy.
Letting the Dove Flow is the name for the river restoration strategy that builds on the findings of previous studies and aims to develop a long term plan to restore the river and a partnership to implement short, medium and long term.
Monitoring surveys and results
A heritage audit was commissioned to assess the cultural and historic significance of the 177 weirs recorded and heritage assets along the 10km of the riverine SSSI in order to inform restoration proposals. The report provides a record of the built structures and includes an assessment of their historical significance along with recommendations for recording and interpretation.
A River Habitat Survey (RHS) has been undertaken over the last two years to provide an update to the last one undertaken in 2012. This will provide a useful baseline for future RHS post weir removal on a reach basis and throughout the entire SSSI.
A specific ecological monitoring strategy has been put in place to supplement routine EA monitoring locations within the SSSI. Additional fish and invertebrate surveys will be undertaken pre and post weir removal.
Catchment and subcatchment
Cost for project phases
Reasons for river restoration
Hydromorphological quality elements
Biological quality elements
Physico-chemical quality elements
Additional documents and videos