The Evenlode is a clay catchment prone to flash flooding and is a headwater tributary in the Thames Basin
This project has reconnected a 1km channel of the River Evenlode with the flood plain by reprofiling the steep riverbanks that are the product of historic dredging. In times of high flow the river will now be able to to spill over its banks and into the adjacent field more readily thus reducing downstream flood risk.
Adding gravel and block stones to the riverbed has created riffles, bringing flow diversity within the channel. This increase in in-channel habitat heterogeneity will provide new spawning, refuge and foraging areas for a variety of different fish species and other aquatic life.
Additional elements delivered to manage flood waters in this area through the project are arable reversion, with at least 8.5ha of arable land in the area already converted to permanent pasture; and woodland planting with strong local input from the Wychwood Project volunteers who are planting trees.
This project has built on a successful stage 1 carried out in 2016. These actions are bringing significant benefits to a wide variety of wildlife and some flood attenuation plus sediment and nutrient capture.