SU2010 : Stream restoration in Amberslade Bottom

taken 4 years ago, near to Linwood, Hampshire, Great Britain

Stream restoration in Amberslade Bottom
Stream restoration in Amberslade Bottom
At this point the bed level of the stream has been raised by insertion of heather bales and hoggin. The bales are bound with polypropylene twine which is here exposed and may possibly constitute a hazard to wildlife.
Amberslade & Broomy Inclosure stream restoration
A plan of work by the Forestry Commission, financed under the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme, to undo the damage caused by drainage works in the 19th century. Those works involved straightening and deepening naturally meandering streams, resulting in increased flow rates, erosion and separation of the stream from its flood plain. The plan involves raising the stream bed, restoring old meanders, and filling in drainage ditches.

A similar but larger scheme was carried out at Warwickslade Cutting ( LinkExternal link ) in 2009 and was successful. Subsequent schemes carried out or planned for the part of the New Forest north of the A31 have proved more controversial. In particular, the plan to restore Latchmore Brook has been strongly opposed by a local action group.

This Amberslade & Broomy Inclosure scheme builds upon restoration work done earlier upstream in Amberslade Bottom. The present scheme was carried out between May and June 2015 and the photographs here therefore show the result shortly after completion of the works, but with insufficient time allowed for naturalisation.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 26 September, 2015   (more nearby)
Saturday, 26 September, 2015
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Moorland 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 2010 1094 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:53.8555N 1:42.9335W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 2010 1094
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