We’re lucky enough to have some distinctive river environments in the UK, including the majority of unique chalk streams, but it makes for some very specialist needs when it comes to rivers and their restoration. This is why knowledge and experience is key in successfully restoring these aquatic environments.

From assessing the site, consulting species experts, to bringing in specialist machinery, each project is unique and our experience has enabled us to spearhead the market in a range of aquatic procedures:

Restoration

  • Narrowing
  • Reprofiling
  • Bed raising
  • Feature/adding interest
  • Increasing the range of habitats in the river or wetland
  • Renovation of flood plain structures
  • Use of geomorphology to understand and improve ecosystems
  • Sedimentation mitigation and control

Creation

  • Ponds
  • Lakes
  • Habitats
  • Specialist fish and eel passes
  • Wetlands and wetland control structures

Management

  • Weir management
  • Tree management
  • Weed cutting
  • Weed transplanting
  • Topping
  • Environmental stewardship schemes
  • Contract river management

To find out more about how we’ve put some of these practices into action, click through and read some of our previous projects below.

Transforming river habitats: East Lodge

This project involved extensive landscaping and river restoration to develop a rich biodiversity, and as a result support the commercial fishery on site. 

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Tributary restoration of the River Itchen

This project looked to carry out restoration works on a stretch of the River Itchen in order to improve natural light and consequently the habitats and biodiversity. This was a good example of delivering a project within a complex environment with the limited space that sometimes comes with working in a natural and wild environment.

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River restoration of a historical site – Southington Mill

Sometimes historical or existing structures can prevent an environment in flourishing. This project involved us carefully working to restore a stretch of the River Test to enable archaeological works, retain elements of historical importance, whilst reducing flood risk and allowing free and healthy fish passage.

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biodiversity river restoration
Improving Eel habitat on the Broadlands Estate

Environments can sometimes degrade over time, and this project worked with a number of partners in order to improve and encourage European Eel habitats. We worked to restore historical fish stews and the existing channels, overcoming a range of challenges on a site that had a variety of ground levels and was largely unmanaged.

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Transforming river habitats: East Lodge

This project involved extensive landscaping and river restoration to develop a rich biodiversity, and as a result support the commercial fishery on site. 

Find out more

Tributary restoration of the River Itchen

This project looked to carry out restoration works on a stretch of the River Itchen in order to improve natural light and consequently the habitats and biodiversity. This was a good example of delivering a project within a complex environment with the limited space that sometimes comes with working in a natural and wild environment.

find out more

River restoration of a historical site – Southington Mill

Sometimes historical or existing structures can prevent an environment in flourishing. This project involved us carefully working to restore a stretch of the River Test to enable archaeological works, retain elements of historical importance, whilst reducing flood risk and allowing free and healthy fish passage.

Find out more
biodiversity river restoration

Improving Eel habitat on the Broadlands Estate

Environments can sometimes degrade over time, and this project worked with a number of partners in order to improve and encourage European Eel habitats. We worked to restore historical fish stews and the existing channels, overcoming a range of challenges on a site that had a variety of ground levels and was largely unmanaged.

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Habitat development on the River Test – Southington Mill

This phase of development on the River Test looked to extend the rich environments on previously poor stretches of the river. As a result this would help develop the spawning habitats of the migratory species on the watercourse.

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