Phase 1 of this project involved the erection of 600m of stock proof fencing, associated gates and water gates to reduce erosion and poaching by livestock. The planting of the new deciduous woodland strip will provide dappled shade and a wildlife corridor as it matures.
Phase 2 of the project involved ‘day lighting’ of a 400m section of channel downstream. This was to increased light intensity to promote algael growth to increase the insect productivity and provide more food for the resident fish to increase their productivity. Many of the trees were felled and removed, but where safe, some were ringed and left as standing deadwood to promote insects and provide food for birds.
The projects were funded by United Utilities, Environment Agency and the Woodland Trust, designed and managed by West Cumbria Rivers Trust.