One of the Project’s key aims is to ‘improve the condition of the river and tributaries’. Physical improvement works will be a large part of achieving these aims as improving the condition of the river and tributaries will improve the water quality both in the area and downstream. This means a better habitat for invertebrates, fish, birds and mammals, and a more pleasant area for people to visit!
In order to identify which areas are most in need of improvement the partnership shared a huge amount of data and evidence. This allowed a study to be completed to highlight specific target locations including Bashall Brook, Boyces Brook, Park Brook, Sabden Brook, Skirden Beck, Stock Beck, Trawden Brook, and the Rivers Darwen, Hyndburn, Loud, and the River Ribble in the Settle and Ribble Estuary areas.
Our physical improvements include the modification or removal of fourteen weirs, fifteen river connectivity projects, and the creation of fifteen wetlands and thirty new woodlands.
Habitat connectivity is hugely important for conservation, find out more about improving connectivity on our fish passage page.
Wetlands are a priority habitat which provide homes and food for hundreds of species, our wetlands page explains more about the work we’re carrying out to help this habitat thrive.
Tree planting has long been recognised as an vital part of conservation work, find out how we’re continuing our tree planting throughout the Ribble Life Together Project