What a difference a fence makes

Early in 2019, Andy Thomas of the WTT delivered a project on the headwaters of the River Itchen in Hampshire in partnership with the local angling club (the Tichborne Syndicate) and the Environment Agency.

You can find details of the project here

The final element of the project was to fence the banks to allow bankside plants to establish and to prevent the resident cattle from breaking down the banks again. Bankside vegetation is important for river flies to complete their lifecycle and to provide cool, shady lies for trout. 

The photographs below, taken by syndicate member Phillip EIllis, show what a big difference the fence has made. 

Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images and see the captions..