Thanks to new funding from the WREN Biodiversity Action Fund (WREN BAF), Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has started some exciting work at six chalk stream sites.
These sites are part of the River Hull’s headwaters and we aim to restore the habitat for fish and aquatic invertebrates that depend on clean, silt free river gravels and plentiful marginal and submerged plants.
We will also be working to improve bankside and adjacent wetland habitats that lie alongside the fragile chalk streams.
The chalk streams that form the headwaters of the River Hull rise through the chalk of the Yorkshire Wolds as springs in and around the market town of Driffield in East Yorkshire. Many of these chalk streams are recognised as important habitats and are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). The Trust has been working with the Environment Agency and Natural England to develop a restoration plan aimed at improving the state of the chalkstream habitat. At the heart of this work is an ambitious plan to turn a former 70-acre commercial fish farm into a mosaic of wetland habitats including wet woodland, fen, wet grassland and reedbed. The new YWT nature reserve, Skerne Wetlands, will see major improvements to the West Beck SSSI chalk stream that flows through the fish farm site.
To carry out this work, we are relying hugely on the support of our partners, including Natural England, the Environment Agency, East Yorkshire Rivers Trust, West Beck Preservation Society fly fishing club and other private landowners where some of the other works will be undertaken.
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