Winford Brook

Project Update: Delivering nature-based solutions in the Winford Brook

BART has implemented nature-based solutions to deliver multiple benefits in the Winford Brook catchment. As a result of a combination of desktop research and walkover investigations to ground-truth opportunities, BART has identified several locations where a suite of small-scale measures could contribute towards “slowing the flow” during rainfall events, reduce fine sediment and nutrient input…

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South Brook Natural Flood Management

“Nature Based Solutions” in South Brook

BART has been attending site visits to gain landowner permissions within the South Brook catchment for the delivery of the Natural Flood Management (NFM) works. Schemes have been identified via BART’s previous survey work. This work could contribute towards reducing flood risk to local infrastructure, homes and businesses. The South Brook catchment, near Melksham, Wiltshire has…

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River Chew Fisheries Improvement Project

River Chew Fisheries Improvement Project

Taking place between May 2019 and March 2020, The River Chew Fisheries Improvement Project is a partnership project funded by the Environment Agency and Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership. Project funding provided BART with the resource to work in partnership with River Chew angling clubs to better understand their concerns for the sport, whilst generating a plan that identifies areas within the catchment for improvement, including recommended…

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“Working with Natural Processes” in the Winford Brook

BART has installed a series of ‘leaky dams’ that will help contribute towards “slowing the flow” and deliver for multiple benefits along a small tributary of the Winford Brook This particular scheme was identified during BART’s 2019/20 Winford Brook catchment wide survey funded by Bristol Water. BART has identified several schemes throughout the Winford Brook…

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Only Rain Down the Drain: addressing water quality issues in the Bristol Frome

BART are working on a catchment scale to address the sources of pollution impacting the Bristol Frome. The Only Rain Down the Drain engagement project aimed to educate businesses on the impacts of waste disposal, drainage mis-connections and poor chemical storage practices to improve water quality in the river. Water quality investigations undertaken by BART…

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Restoring the Wellow, Midford & Cam Brooks

BART has recently secured funding via the Environment Agency’s Water & Environment Improvement Fund to deliver habitat enhancement projects in two locations along the Cam & Wellow Brooks. The project aims to directly improve two water-bodies that are not meeting Water Framework Directive targets – in particular failing for fish where the classification has declined…

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River Marden 2018 fisheries improvements

Project background In 2017, Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART) applied to the Environment Agency’s ‘Fisheries Improvement Fund’ following a walkover survey of the entire length of the river and several small improvement projects over recent years. The River Marden rises in Calstone Wellington, Wiltshire and runs through the town of Calne, then through pasture and villages…

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Walkover surveys find room for improvement!

BART have been very busy recently, travelling all over the catchment doing walkover surveys and writing advisory reports for river improvement projects including the Corston, Newton, and Nunney Brooks and the River Somer. Jess, our Aquatic Scientist, has found many issues on the Nunney Brook including channel straightening and re-enforced banks which means there is limited…

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Somerset Frome Sediment Pathways Project

BART have completed a very interesting and useful project funded by the Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership this Spring. Sediment entering watercourses can have a detrimental effect on aquatic ecology, including fish and invertebrates.  This project has used predominantly field surveys to identify where sediment is entering watercourses in the upper Somerset Frome catchment and to…

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Duchy of Cornwall river surveys

BART have been busy over the last few months undertaking a variety of river surveys on Duchy of Cornwall estate land near to Bath, including: In-stream and riparian habitat surveys Surrounding land use investigations to assess impacts on water quality. Water quality monitoring Macroinvertebrate surveys Macrophyte surveys Riparian tree surveys Findings from these surveys will…

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Electrofishing surveys

This BART worked with Five Rivers Environmental Contractors carrying out electrofishing surveys along the Midford Brook and Wellow Brook near to Bath. These surveys were conducted at a number of sites to collect valuable data and increase our fisheries knowledge in the Catchment for a variety of reasons. Firstly, as pre-project monitoring, to determine species…

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Somerset Frome Sediment Pathways project update

Thanks to funding from the Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership, BART has been busy on the upper Somerset Frome since October working on our Diffuse Pollution Sediment Pathways Project. Sediment entering watercourses can have a detrimental effect on aquatic ecology, including fish and invertebrates.  This project has used predominantly field surveys to identify where sediment is…

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NEW 2017 Riverfly training sessions

Thanks to funding from Big Lottery Fund‘s Awards for All programme, BART are pleased to announce that we will be running 4 new Riverfly Partnership training sessions. These one day sessions will provide participants with the skills needed to monitor aquatic invertebrates on a monthly basis as indicators of water quality. More information available here: https://bristolavonriverstrust.org/what-we-do/riverfly_monitoring/ All…

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Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring Project

Thanks to funding from the Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership, BART will be working with 8 Riverfly monitors, 5 community groups, 5 schools and 5 farmers to monitor chemical water quality in their local rivers throughout the catchment over the next year. This monitoring is testing for phosphates and nitrates with the global research project Freshwater Watch. Although naturally occurring in…

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NEW PROJECT!: Somerset Frome Diffuse Pollution Pathways

The Somerset Frome Diffuse Pollution Pathways project will use a risk grading approach to develop sediment pathway maps for the upper Somerset Frome (South of the town of Frome). To date, statutory monitoring programmes and local knowledge has been used to identify the main pressures and likely reasons for failure to meet water quality standards.…

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Wellow boulder weir removal

This month, thanks to funding from the Environment Agency Fisheries Fund, we have completed the removal of three boulder weirs on the Wellow Brook below Wellow, Bath. The boulder weirs have caused silt to build up in the stretches above and between them which has had a negative effect on spawning gravels. The weirs also present a barrier to…

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NEW PROJECT! Your Fisheries

Thanks to funding from the Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership, BART are participating in a National pilot project called ‘Your Fisheries’, which aims to understand fisheries within the catchment. Your Fisheries, provides a common web-based planning system (and information repository) that brings together evidence and knowledge from a range of different sources to enable the production of catchment specific fisheries reports.…

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NEW PROJECT: LoCATE Bristol Frome

Greggs Foundation – Environmental Education for Local Communities BART are pleased to announce that we have received support from the Greggs Foundation to run our LoCATE Project alongside the Bristol Frome through Bristol and South Gloucestershire. The LoCATE (Local Community Action Through Education) Bristol Frome Project will work with communities along the Bristol Frome (focusing…

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Fixing the Frome

Fixing the Frome Despite being a prominent feature through the town of Frome, the River Frome is suffering from a number of issues that are affecting the health of the river and the wildlife within and around it. So what can be done? Over the last few months a small partnership was formed to take advantage…

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BART goes floral

Wildflower meadow planting Meadows and grasslands were once an intrinsic part of British agriculture, bursting with colour and the hum of insects, but it has now been estimated that these important habitats have declined by over 97% since the 1930s, largely to our agricultural practices. Traditional farming practices would have had a mixture of different crops,…

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BART Jan-Feb Newsletter

Our newsletter for January/February 2015 is now out! Follow this link to find out more about the work we’ve been doing over the past couple of months -> BART Jan-Feb Newsletter If you wish to be added to our mailing list to receive future editions, please email info@bristolavonriverstrust.org  

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Upper Avon Initiative

We are distributing the attached leaflet at the Wild Sherston Festival this weekend and in other local events on the Sherston and Tetbury Avon downstream as far as Sutton Benger.  BART_Leafletdraft1 .We would be pleased to hear from anyone in the area who has views on the health of their local stretch of river or is…

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The link below details a small but important project which BART completed with several partners very recently. The cash cost was £84.00 but lots of man hours went into planning and implementation. We will keep an eye on the area over the Winter to check trout usage and hope to see better recruitment to stocks…

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By Brook Progress

Now we have agreement to proceed it is all hands to the pump to make the most of the Summer and progress the project as fast as possible. We have started the fish pass feasibility studies by contracting Mike and Matt Beech who you can see in the following photos taking levels and measurements on…

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Good News For By Brook!

BART has just received confirmation that it has been awarded a Partnership contract to carry out improvements on the By Brook. You can see a draft of  the information release below the photos which are of the type of issues we will want to address on the Brook.   Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART) is…

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PES project – Little Avon

Phase two of this project has been completed and the final stage which would include recommendations for next steps is due for completion in August.  BART are excited at how well the combined team have performed and for the future on this lovely little river. BART are also busy building relationships in other areas of…

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Payments For Ecosystem Services Project

BART are working in partnership with the world renowned wetlands expert, Rob McInnes, researchers from Bath Spa University and a local environmental consultancy called Engain, on a project to implement a cost-effective, natural wetland based system for preventing nutrient pollution from entering the Tortworth Brook from sewage treatment works and farm run off. The project…

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Another Avon Roach Project

Thanks to the Severn Rivers Trust BART were lucky enough to acquire eight roach spawning boards recently in readiness for this seasons spawning. We hope that we can encourage the roach to spawn as successfully as the very famous Avon Roach Project on the Hampshire Avon. We will not be taking the spawning boards out…

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