River habitat 'how to' videos

These how to’ videos are now a little dated but the principles are still correct. We hope to create some new ones as soon as funds allow! 

Secure 'tree kicker' installation (8:35)

Secure installation of felled tree-crowns or whole trees can provide vital habitat for many fish species. They can also be used to improve the variety of different micro-habitats for a whole host of plant and invertebrate species (by promoting some marginal/​riverbank sediment accumulation as well as local riverbed scour on the stream-ward side).

This video illustrates some ways that these valuable structures could be securely installed — but as always, the appropriate legal permissions and consents as well as any other required site-specific guidance must be obtained before carrying out such works. 

Tree Management (9:24)

Achieving a balance of light and shade through coppicing; using deciduous and coniferous brash to capture sediment and provide cover; replacing conifer plantation with native woodland; the importance of retaining root structure for bank stability.

See also our habitat management advice sheet Managing Trees’.

Log pinning (8:54)

Positioning and fixing log flow defectors to create scour pools and clean gravel.
Our current practice is to pin wood using rebar or wire only when the more natural alternatives of using tree hinging or other woody material to secure are not possible. This may be the case in urban, constrained or artificial channels. 

River Wandle Case Study (13:38)

River Wandle Case Study (13:38)
Creating flow deflectors; weirs and notching’ weirs; managing bankside vegetation; using mini logs’ to create variation in the river bed; installing brash cover.

Permissions (7:51)

Landowner and tenant permission; access to the site; a step by step guide to getting permission from the Environment Agency carry out habitat work.

Safe working (16:29)

Techniques for safely using : re-bar for pinning woody debris; chain saws in a working party situation; winches; fencing wire. Planning for incidents and first aid.

Risk Assessment (3:40)

Typical topics for a risk assessment for a river habitat working party. 

These videos are produced for initial and general guidance only; they do not and cannot consider the individual circumstances of any particular project or site; they should not be used as a substitute for proper professional advice or services. Accordingly, no liability or responsibility for any loss or damage whatsoever and to whomsoever can be accepted by the Wild Trout Trust (or anyone involved in the creation of the video) as a result of any person, company or organisation acting, or refraining from acting, upon the guidance contained in these videos.