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Hatchford Brook

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Work in Sheldon Country Park restores brook and green space

The purpose of the weir at Hatchford Brook was no longer clear. Its impact on aquatic wildlife and river health, however, proved detrimental. Starting with the weir removal, we then broadened our focus and created new niches for wildlife in the river bank woodland.

In removing the weir and restoring habitat in this urban refuge, our work contributed to the growing and record-breaking Dam Removal Europe movement. Locally, it demonstrated how reaching for the high-hanging fruit – in this instance weir removals – can achieve a lot on little space.