River Gwash, Rutland

The Wild Trout Trust worked with the Welland Rivers Trust and Environment Agency on a project to improve habitat, remove an obstruction and reconnect meanders to a section of the River Gwash in Rutland.

The opportunity for the improvement was spotted by Tim Jacklin of the Wild Trout Trust during an Advisory Visit for Gwash Fishing Club in February 2011 and suggested to the Environment Agency, who provided funding to Welland Rivers Trust to develop and deliver the project. Tim assisted with obtaining the necessary consents and Tony Rawlings of Welland Rivers Trust secured landowner permissions and managed the delivery of the project.

Before: Borderville Weir on the River Gwash near Stamford – a redundant structure blocking fish migration and impounding the river

Before: The sluice structure at the head of an old channel alongside the weir

After: The old sluice removed, diverting the river around the redundant weir

Before: Upstream of the weir, the straightened River Gwash, with cut off meanders on the far bank (amongst the bushes)

After: Reconnected meanders restore sinuosity to the channel

Caroline Tero, Fisheries & Biodiversity Team Leader at the Environment Agency in Lincoln, said:

This is a great example of partnership working at a local level delivering tangible benefits for the river environment. The project complements the extensive improvement works taking place across the wider Welland catchment under the Water Framework Directive pilot project.”