Restoring and enhancing the landscape within the Badsey/Broadway brook catchment.
The project area covers the Badsey/Broadway brook and its surrounding catchment. The brook flows into the river Avon, just Northeast of Evesham, which goes on to join the river Severn at Tewkesbury. The dual aims of the project are to improve longitudinal connectivity of the Badsey/Broadway brook across its reach in the Warwickshire Avon catchment, whilst enhancing the riparian corridor and wider landscape along the way.
This will be achieved via removal or bypassing of barriers to unlock the river for fish, macro-invertebrates, and functional sediment transport. Biodiversity shall be addressed by enhancing in-channel habitat and diversity along the reach. The project shall also look at re-connecting floodplains, riparian planting and fencing, wetland, and backwater creation. This will help reduce the effects of agricultural run-off and poor land management on the brook whilst enriching the ecology in the landscape.
Staff from the Severn Rivers Trust have currently been supported in undertaking walkovers of the catchment to identify opportunities and are working with landowners and stakeholders to produce a ‘long-list’ of ideas which will be fine-tuned with further landowner engagement.
Key targets of the project:
1. To remove or provide easements for multiple barriers to fish passage on theBadsey/Broadway brook.
2. Riparianfencing to reduce bankside poaching.
3. To restore and enhance the landscape within the Badsey/Broadway brook catchment, building ecological resilience against run-off and land management, increasing water quality and biodiversity.