Project Partners: Lincolnshire Rivers Trust (lead partner), Environment Agency
Project Leader: Paige Donnelly (Project Officer) | Paige.firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Objective: The overall objective of this project is to improve habitat on the Witham at Boultham by designing, building and installing fish refuge structures that will provide habitat for both fish and invertebrate populations.
Project Status: November 2021 – March 2022
The Lincolnshire Rivers Trust, as a part of the Upper Witham – Boultham– Fish Refuge project, are working closely with the Environment Agency to improve habitat for fish and other species. As part of Defra’s Catchment Based Approach (CaBa), the Water Environment Improvement Fund (WEIF) was developed to support initiatives that works in partnership with Government, Local Authorities, Water Companies, businesses and more, to maximise improvements to the water environment. Lincolnshire Rivers Trust was successful in obtaining funding through the WEIF grant to deliver habitat improvement works.
This exciting project looks to create habitat using brushwood mattresses to benefit fish and other wildlife, along a 100m section of the Upper Witham, adjacent to Boultham Park. The brushwood mattress will slow the river flow to trap silt and overtime will form a vegetated edge in front of the existing berms. Using a range of material sizes, from chestnut posts to brushwood foggots (bundles of small sticks), each structure will provide habitat with variety. Fish will be able to seek refuge amongst the newly created habitat instantly, and invertebrates will hide amongst the crevices and built up silt, supporting both aquatic invertebrate and fish populations. We are installing 14 structures, each 6m long and 1m wide (Figure 1), with a 1m gap in between. The work will be delivered by Lions Environmental Contractors: Lions Environmental Contractors (lions-uk.com)
With support from the Lincoln District Angling Association (LDAA) who fish this stretch of river, we will be holding an event in the spring after the work is complete to celebrate the newly created habitat. Keep an eye out on our social media and website for more information about this coming soon. We would also like to thank the Lincoln City Council for their support.
For further information contact Paige Donnelly at email@example.com