'Let the Dove Flow' - update
Posted on August 20, 2018
WTT Conservation Officer Tim Jacklin continues to manage the team removing some of the 177 weirs on the River Dove in Dovedale, Derbyshire, with the aim of creating better habitat for wildlife including trout and a more natural and sustainable form and function to the river. The project will host a visit from the BBC regional news team on 23rd August.
Before and after photos from a weir removal last week:
This section of the River Dove has 177 weirs and large sections of rock armoured banks, most of which date from the 1920s. The effect of these man-made interventions is to prevent the river from behaving naturally i.e. creating a sinuous channel with variations in depth and eroding and depositing gravel. This results in poor and fragmented river habitat and, although Dovedale has the highest of conservation designations (Special Area of Conservation and Site of Special Scientific Interest), it is deemed to be ‘failing’ by Natural England. National Trust ecologist, Chris Wood, describes the current dammed areas of the river as ‘wet deserts, with no food and no variety for wildlife’.
Listen to this podcast with Tim Jacklin interviewed by Andrew Griffiths.