River restoration hopes to reduce the risk of flooding

River Avon Restoration 1 - (Owain Shaw 211010 WWT)

Published by the Spire FM News Team at 1:03pm 13th September 2017 (Updated 10:57am 5th October 2017)

A project to alter the course of half a kilometre of the River Avon near the village of West Chisenbury will start soon.

More than half a kilometre of chalk stream near Upavon is going to be restored.

The project aims to reconnect the river close to the village of West Chisenbury with the floodplains.

It's hoped this will improve the habitat for wildlife and help reduce the risk of flooding.

The restoration's expected to provide a great habitat for otters, water voles, and a number of breeding birds within a year of completion.

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is collaborating closely with the Environment Agency, Natural England and the landowner (Ministry of Defence).

Project lead Martijn Antheunisse from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust:

"These are very exciting times! It is always great to see plans on paper materialise on the ground, not just looking at the river, but also at how we could reconnect the river with the floodplains.

"A boost for nature, using the natural capacity of the landscape to store floodwater and help reduce overall flood risk."

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