River Restoration Work

Today we carried out more restoration work on the Moat Brook, part of our ongoing project with South Staffordshire Council and Keep Britain Tidy to undo the damage caused by the straightening of the brook last century.

Again, the work was planned by Keep Britain Tidy’s very capable Habitat Development Officer, Rob Martyr.  We were also joined by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s Nick Mott, who undertook a survey of the area before we started.  This was to ensure we didn’t disturb and white clawed crayfish as a result of our work.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, sadly were were limited to 6 people, this was a shame as more volunteers wanted to join us but couldn’t.  However we weren’t deterred by this and still managed to achieve what we set out to do.  Another 80m of the brook has had deflectors built as well as some trees felled in order to allow more light onto the river bed.

New Habitats

Over time, the hydro morphology of the brook will change to create slow and fast sections of water flow, shallow and deep as well as darker and lighter sections.  These changes will help create new meanders, help oxygenate the water, scour up the river bed to make gravel beds which fish will spawn in.  The new interventions will also mean habitats for different species of aquatic life, including our rare white clawed crayfish.

Oasis

Over the Covid-19 lockdown period, Jubilee Wood and the Moat Brook became very popular with visitors with many seeking solace, peace and quiet in the beautiful surroundings.   We hope this latest work will not only benefit the wildlife but also visitors to the wood who can can gain access to the waters edge easier and take pleasure from this beautiful oasis of calm which now exists.