By Ian Dipple Friday 20 September 2013 Updated: 20/09 08:54
WORK has been carried out to help reverse a decline in the number of fish in the Bow Brook near Feckenham.
A fish fry refuge has been created at Grove Farm to boost fish species in the brook that have been falling for the last 25 years.
The Bow Brook has been classed as failing due to poor numbers of fish species under the European Water Framework Directive.
The scheme, funded by the Environment Agency, is part of a larger project Worcestershire Wildlife Trust has been working on with local landowners along the length of the brook from Redditch to Defford to improve water quality.
But work carried out to aid water drainage has overly deepened the brook in many parts and led to a deterioration in the habitat for fish, particularly for spawning and juvenile fry.
The deeper channel has also meant the brook no longer naturally spills out onto the floodplain when water levels rise following rain, so the flow of water is too strong for many smaller fish to survive.
The new refuge has involved creating a channel which is permanently open so small fish can escape from strong flows to an area of slack water.
It also provides warm shallow water during summer, full of the right food and the perfect temperature for species like chub to grow from small fish into adults.
Peter Case, wetlands officer for the Trust, said: “We have seeded the banks with a carefully selected wetland mix containing species such as marsh marigold, flag iris and ragged robin; a good range of marginal vegetation will encourage invertebrates to the pool which in turn will provide food for fish and birds.
“With funding from the Environment Agency we’ve been able to tackle these problems to improve the Brook for all local residents - wildlife and people alike.”
Giles Matthews, biodiversity officer at the Environment Agency, added: “Working in partnership with the Wildlife Trust has proven to be a fantastic way of engaging with landowners to address the poor habitat and water quality issues along the Bow Brook.
“All of the improvements will benefit local wildlife, and help to bring the brook up to good ecological condition.”
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