This project will begin in 2017 and aims to increase in-channel habitat variability and provide vegetated marginal refuge areas for various fish species along the River Wandle close to Deen City Farm in Merton.
The River Wandle is heavily engineered at numerous points along its course which inhibits wildlife and increases the risk of flooding in urban areas. By introducing changes to reflect how the river would appear in its naturalised state its biodiversity and amenity value can be dramatically improved.
The project will involve working in partnership with the Environment Agency to recreate the natural signature of the Wandle as a chalk stream. Restoring the banks with natural vegetation, adding gravel to the river bed and re-curving the river will encourage fish, amphibians, invertebrates and riparian mammals and will help to mitigate climate change impacts.
This project is part of the wider Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.