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PostSubject: EA West Thames Newsletter   Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:50 pm

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PostSubject: Re: EA West Thames Newsletter   Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:58 pm

From John Sutton at the EA:

Please find below the link to see the summary of the Fisheries and Biodiversity projects delivered by our West Thames teams in 2012-2013 which is now on the Environment Agency’s publication catalogue. With the active support of anglers and other conservationists we’ve been able to achieve some excellent improvements for fish and wildlife. Don’t hesitate to get back to me if you would like to find out about the projects we are working on in 2013-2014.

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PostSubject: Re: EA West Thames Newsletter   Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:12 pm

Thanks for posting guys Smile

Bray Wick Fish Pass and River Enhancements
This £264,000 project has improved The Cut at Bray Wick near Maidenhead by removing a 1.5m high weir that previously represented a complete barrier to fish migration. The Cut (Binfield to River Thames Confluence) and Maidenhead Ditch is classified as being of Poor Ecological Status, it is also a ‘Heavily Modified Waterbody’. Among the biological elements which have been assessed; fish, invertebrates and phytobenthos are all failing.
Structures in rivers which prevent the free movement of fish through river systems are a major pressure on fish populations, preventing fish from reaching grounds in which then can feed, breed and flourish. The weir had also caused the river upstream to be slow flowing, silty, and of limited value to fish, invertebrates, and other wildlife. Once the weir was removed we could immediately see a diverse range of flow conditions and valuable habitats developing. The slower flowing areas that we have created will provide refuge for juvenile fish, and the faster flowing areas will prevent excessive siltation and help to keep river gravels clean. A gravel bed is now present across much of the river channel. These gravels will provide spawning grounds for fish species such as chub, dace and barbel.
To help maximise the diversity of river flows we secured tree branches into the watercourse to encourage a more meandering channel with localised accelerated flow conditions. 180 tons of angular gravel was also strategically placed into the channel to create shallow ‘riffle’ features and boost the availability of habitat which is suitable for fish spawning.
The project has also ensured that fish can pass another weir located approximately 300m upstream. This second weir could not be removed but it has been made passable by the installation of three ‘rock ramp’ structures. These rock ramps will gradually take out the fall over the second weir to allow fish to swim over the structure.


I take it the weirs were downstream of The Binghams? I remember seeing barbel shoaled up upstream of there around 1983/4? I always assumed they migrated from the Thames to spawn but if the weir were in place at that time then they must have been resident in the river there?

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PostSubject: Re: EA West Thames Newsletter   Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:52 pm

Have recently seen some of these improvements at Maidenhead / Bray. The weir and river bed is now a vastly improved environment, just got to let nature take over and hope for the best.
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PostSubject: Re: EA West Thames Newsletter   Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:46 pm

Here is the full report for the EA SE region, interesting reading for sure.

South East Annual Fisheries Report 2012/13
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