GLAISDALE BECK HABITAT IMPROVEMENT WORKS 2015
At the end of March the Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment Partnership* ran two demonstration days covering a variety of habitat improvement works that can benefit the riparian habitat and its wildlife. Over 25 people attended from a range of backgrounds including local landowners, anglers, river keepers, estate mangers and National Park volunteers.
Gareth Pedley of the Wild Trout Trust led the demonstration days which were very informative and also great fun! The importance of creating a diverse range of in-channel habitats using a variety of techniques were discussed, such as large woody debris installation and coppicing. Garth also covered important issues such as when to carry out works to ensure wildlife is not disturbed (i.e. to avoid disturbing fish spawning sites and bird nesting season), when consent is needed and who to contact, along with other things to think about such as checking for otter signs.
The techniques demonstrated included; tree thinning, laying hazel into the channel and bank stabilisation work.
The National Park Northern Apprentice team who have recently received their chainsaw felling certificates, under the watchful eye of supervisor Andrew Holtby, did a fantastic job at thinning out a stand of trees to allow a little more light into the channel, but still retaining an appropriate amount of shade. The brash generated from the felling was used for brash revetment work, helping to stabilise the bank and to also reduce the impact of flows hitting the bank side. Laying hazel into the channel (along the bank edge) reduces bank side erosion and provides in-channel habitat for fish and invertebrates.
Thank you everyone who attended and for the wonderful feedback we have received. These important techniques will hopefully be adopted along the whole Esk catchment. Keep an eye on our Events page Events Page for future demonstration and volunteer days.
A big thank you also to the Environment Agency who enabled us to be able to run the Wild Trout Trust demonstration days.
* A partnership between the Yorkshire Esk Rivers Trust and the North York Moors National Park Authority - for more details visit our Catchment Partnership page.
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