MURK ESK HABITAT IMPROVEMENT WORKS 2015
Survey work was undertaken in 2015 to scope out potential habitat improvements along the Murk Esk. We work closely with landowners to highlight works that will improve the riparian habitat. We are looking at addressing issues such as reducing sediments and nutrients entering the watercourse and providing the appropriate amount of shading over the watercourse from surrounding trees. Focusing on works such as riparian buffer strip creation and small-scale bank stabilisation will improve in-stream habitat befitting many species including juvenile fish.
Wider habitat improvement works extending from the River Esk and associated tributaries all the way to the moorland edge are being addressed primarily through This Exploited Land (a Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership bid delivered by the North York Moors National Park Authority) and the National Park's Improving Habitat Connectivity scheme - making habitats better, bigger and more connected.
Improving the quality and extend of habitats throughout the River Esk Catchment benefits a variety of species including; the endangered fresh water pearl mussels, aquatic invertebrates, fish, birds such as kingfishers and dippers, insects such as dragonflies, and mammals including water voles and bats.
Reconnecting isolated patches of habitat provides our local wildlife with the space they need to move around and find food, shelter and breed. It is key we improve existing habitats so that they become more robust, helping each species to adapt to future pressures such as global climate change.
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Last Edited: 12/10/2018 15:43:05
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