Case study:Martins River Island

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Location: 50° 42' 53", -2° 21' 20"
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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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The reach at Ilsington upstream of Nine Hatches on the River Frome has been significantly degraded through dredging and embankment creation through previous land drainage schemes over the past 40 years. In 2009 the Woodsford Channel project improved the reach immediately upstream of Nine Hatches; this project relooked at this reach and an additional 700 metres upstream. The key aspects of the Martins River Island project were to: a) remove the raised embankments (to improve river and floodplain connection. b) to introduce new gravels to replace the historically dredged gravels (providing new spawning habitat), c) introduce large woody debris to the reach d) create new wetland habitats d) new riparian tree planting.

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Pre works electro fishing was undertaken at this site. Post works was carried oout in 2013. Repeat survey is not likley until 2016

Lessons learnt

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When adding gravels to the river bed to previously dredged sectiosn be aware ofg the imapct this may have on flood connection during higher flows. Follwing the addition of gravel the two following winters have experienced very high flwos whith significant prolonged out of bank flows for severals months each winter. In this case thelandowner was ok with this but in other projects this may have become a significant issue.

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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
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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), Louds Mill (Downstream)m Enhancement, Lower Bockhampton, Lower Woodsford, 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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Protected species present No
Invasive species present No
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Project completed 2009/01/01
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Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure
Hydromorphology reconnect the river floodplain
Biology provide spawning habitats
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Floodplain / River corridor Creation of wetland, Removal of embankments, Riparian planting
Planform / Channel pattern Introducing large woody debris, Introduction of gravel
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