Case study:Ravensbury Park back channel

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Project overview

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Status Complete
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Themes Habitat and biodiversity, Social benefits
Country England
Main contact forename Bella
Main contact surname Davies
Main contact user ID
Contact organisation Wandle Trust
Contact organisation web site http://www.wandletrust.org
Partner organisations Defra, London Borough of Merton, Living Wandle Landscape Partnership
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Ravensbury Park Back Channel © Wandle Trust

Project summary

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This project is one of four sites delivered through the Defra Catchment Restoration Fund.

A total of 100 m of river corridor was improved.

Throughout the site toe boarding was removed and the bank renaturalised to create marginal habitat. A low flow channel was created using faggot bundles and coir rolls with the new banks planted up by local volunteers.

Large Woody Material (LWM) was installed to further increase flow diversity.

A number of bat hotels and bird boxes were installed in the surrounding green space with volunteers.

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Catchment and subcatchment

Catchment

River basin district Thames
River basin London

Subcatchment

River name Wandle (Croydon to Wandsworth) and the R. Gravney
Area category 100 - 1000 km²
Area (km2)
Maximum altitude category 200 - 500 m
Maximum altitude (m) 282
282 m
0.282 km
28,200 cm
Dominant geology Calcareous
Ecoregion Great Britain
Dominant land cover Suburban
Waterbody ID GB106039023460



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Site

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WFD water body codes GB106039023460
WFD (national) typology
WFD water body name Wandle (Croydon to Wandsworth) and the R. Gravney
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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) 50 m
0.05 km
5,000 cm
Project started 2010/01/01
Works started
Works completed 2011/01/01
Project completed
Total cost category 1 - 10 k€
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Funding sources Wandle Piscators, Wandle Trust

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Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure Riparian development
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Measures

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Bank/bed modifications Bank reprofiling, Installation of coir rolls, Deflectors
Floodplain / River corridor Tree management
Planform / Channel pattern Creation of backwater
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