Case study:Louds Mill (Downstream)m Enhancement

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Location: 50° 42' 44", -2° 24' 49"
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Project overview

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Status Complete
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Themes Environmental flows and water resources, Fisheries, Habitat and biodiversity, Hydromorphology
Country England
Main contact forename Aly
Main contact surname Maxwell
Main contact user ID User:Alymaxwell
Contact organisation Environment Agency
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Parent multi-site project

Case_study:River Frome Rehabilitation Plan

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encompassing the following

File:1b Louds Mill Project Record.pdf

Project summary

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The reach downstream of Louds Mill was an over wide channel with little marginal vegetation and poor in channel bed morphology. During low flows the river was spread over the whole width of the channel leading to a shallow river. Spawning potential in the reach were limited due to compacted and over silted gravels. There was also very little cover and in channel structure provided by tree and in channel woody debris.

The River Frome Rehabilitation Plan states the main proposals to improve the SSSI condition and WFD objectives of unit 1b and to incorporate as part of the Louds Mill Enhancement were to: a) reprofile banks (to narrow the low flow channel and improve the marginal zone b) to reprofile river bed (to clean the gravels of silt break its compacted nature – improving spawning potential) c) introduce large woody debris to the reach (d) new riparian tree planting (willow whips to be inserted into the bank edges and soft margins at key locations.

Monitoring surveys and results

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Pre works electro fishing was complete. This is due for repeat in 2015

Lessons learnt

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The technique of installing Large Woody Debris at this site involved digging a trench securing up to a third of the limb in the trench with the remaining in the channel. By using the thicker end of the limb in the trench it left only the thinner branches in the river.

Ideally the wood shoul dbe as large as possible when in the river to ensure it will be long lasting and have as big an impact on the flows lcoally as possible.

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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: 2e Lower Woodsford River and Floodplain Enhancement, Bockhampton Enhancement, Hurst Bridge (downstream), 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) 150
150 m
0.15 km
15,000 cm
Project started 2013/01/01
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Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure
Hydromorphology Over-wide channel, poor morphology, Channel pattern/planform, Width & depth variation
Biology Silted gravels
Other reasons for the project Poor riparian vegetation


Structural measures
Bank/bed modifications Bank reprofiling, Re-profiling, Cleaning of spawning gravels, Introducing large woody debris, Tree planting, Marginal planting
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