River improvements at Bourne End

The Chilterns Chalk Streams Project in partnership with Chiltern Rangers CIC, the Environment Agency and a hardy bunch of volunteers completed work to improve habitat along a 150m long section of the river adjacent to Bourne End Recreation Ground in March.

The river at this location had become degraded through past management practices which had led to it becoming straightened, over-wide and heavily shaded by bankside trees. As a result the river lacked the habitat features normally associated with healthy chalk streams.

To address this, the CCSP working with partners under the banner of Revive the Wye, a local community initiative dedicated to improving the condition of the river, developed a plan to restore the river for the benefit of fish and other wildlife.

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