Chalkstream river restoration, Candover Brook in the upper Itchen catchment, Hampshire
Working with the Wild Trout Trust and the landowner, we have restored the chalkstream.

Over-wide, slow-flowing chalkstream is narrowed using hazel bundles called faggots and backfilled with local wetland vegetation. The resulting channel is narrow and fast flowing, ideal for in-stream vegetation community and brown trout spawning habitat.

Large chunks of flint create ideal habitat for crayfish.

Large woody debris (a tree, brashings and faggots) add habitat complexity - diverse flow types and important cover for juvenile trout from predators including other fish, otter and birds.

Willow stakes will grow to create mottled shade, important to create localised shading to cool the water - climate change resilience.
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