West Bradford Brook weir is a stepped weir located in the centre of West Bradford. The upstream habitat of West Bradford Brook is potentially good spawning habitat, however a relatively small weir is blocking fish migration. Although the weir is only 0.7 metres high the lower step makes it impossible for fish to jump to the upper step.
The weir is situated close to a busy road and footpath. Over the years many concerned members of the public have highlighted the plight of trout and salmon who cannot make the jump.
As the brook runs through the village it has been confined to a wall-lined channel, the weir itself is stone which has been clad in concrete. It is thought that the weir was constructed to prevent downward incision of the river bed, a common repercussion of constraining and channelling watercourses . This downward incision could have caused damage to the foundations of nearby buildings.
Removal of the weir is not possible, as this could promote the downward incision it was designed to prevent. Instead an embedded rock ramp was created which enables fish to pass over the weir, but retains the weirs purpose of protecting the village.