The Severn Rivers Trust in partnership with six other organisations, are working towards increasing fish migration access across impassable barriers to migration and to improve the habitat beyond these barriers.
The River Frome is a critical watercourse for the endangered European eel. Historically salmon and sea trout used to migrate up through Stroud and they are still recorded downstream of Whitminster weir today. However, the movement of local and migratory fish up and downstream to feed, spawn and complete their lifecycles is currently restricted by the number of man-made structures. Otters are present in small numbers on the River Frome and would benefit from increased numbers of fish. This project aims to improve fish migration along the River Frome and to increase access to high quality habitat for fish.
There are also opportunities to extend and enhance river and floodplain habitats for the benefit of other wildlife such as and bats, water voles, otter, birds and amphibians. (and people. Ed)
This project will deliver the restoration of a 370m relic channel situated in the floodplain meadow upstream of Bond’s Mill, Stonehouse and create a series of wetland pools. The restoration of the channel will provide good valuable eel, salmonid and coarse fish habitat; and will provide an additional 4km of accessible river habitat free from barriers. Furthermore, the restoration of the relic channel will also deliver a wealth of benefits for the environment and ecology alongside wider ranging benefits to the community and business.
Please bear with us whilst we undertake the construction works on site which are due to start Phase 2 of Works on Tuesday 28th May 2019 and are likely to take 2 weeks to complete. Please note we shall not be moving vehicles through Churchend. All transport will go via Eastington.
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If you fancy getting involved with some local volunteering, either getting your feet wet with some hands-on conservation work, Riverfly monitoring, tree planting, planting of the banks, eel monitoring, reed counting and more then please get in touch.