Case study:Morden Hall Park Water Vole Habitat Enhancement
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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
|Project web site|
|Themes||Habitat and biodiversity|
|Main contact forename||Chris|
|Main contact surname||Strachan|
|Main contact user ID|
|Contact organisation||Environment Agency|
|Contact organisation web site||http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency|
|Parent multi-site project|
| This is a parent project
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The objective is to create natural banks that water voles can occupy through the removal of wooden toe-boarding.
Toe-boarding was removed from 500m of bank. Where there was a liklihood of bank collapse, on bends and around small islands, the boards were either left or a sympathetic replacement such as coir matting was used. Morden Hall Park is a former deer park currently owned by the National Trust. The river Wandle and several man-made channels flow through the park, the banks of which are protected by wooden toe-boarding. Water voles are currently absent on the river and there are future plans to re-introduce them at this site.
The project is part of the London Water Vole Project.
Monitoring surveys and results
The banks remained fairly stable where the boards had been removed. Any slumping or collapse will be left to allow the formation of natural features. Future planting of emergent vegetation types may be needed to enhance the marginal habitat.
Catchment and subcatchment
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Other case studies in this subcatchment: Beddington Park, Beddington Park Enhancements, Boulder Pool and Plough Lane, Durand Close, EDF Weir removal, Eel Pass over tilting weir at Ravensbury Park, Garratt Park, Hackbridge Restoration, Hackbridge weir notch, King Georges Park... further results
Cost for project phases
Reasons for river restoration
Hydromorphological quality elements
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Physico-chemical quality elements
Additional documents and videos