Hatchford Brook

Project Type

Project Catchment

Date

2020-2022

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 riverbank forest.

In removing the weir and restoring habitat in this urban refuge, our work contributed to the growing and record-breaking Dam Removal Europe movement, and restored some of the UK’s fastest disappearing habitats. Having lost 90% of our UK wetland areas in the last 100 years, Hatchford Brook shows that even urban sites can and should be considered for habitat and create a refuge for wildlife.