Category Archives: Rivers and Watercourses

De-engineering hard structures in water courses, introducing natural large woody debris and faggots to recreate a more natural river course and modelling rivers to reduce erosion created by high energy hot spots, we are able to model and develop fluvial solutions.

Flashy Floods in Car Park Solved

Coir Rolls pre-established with native plants providing erosion control at Porter Brook

Rock Rolls and pre-planted Coir Rolls & Pallets were used to prevent erosion whilst creating a lovely habitat in Sheffield City centre where a culverted stream had been flash flooding

Bridging the Ecological and Engineering Gap

Pre-established coir rolls and pallets

Bridging the ecological and engineering gap with our effective bio-engineering solutions

The Spider on the River Washburn

Machine in action at Swinsty

Innovative spider machine helps restore wildlife habitats on the River Washburn. Yorkshire Water’s trial works to improve the quality of the river environment downstream of Swinsty reservoir is now well underway.

Slowing the flow at Cwmparc

Cwmparc and the spider in action

With funding from the Welsh Government’s Nature Fund, we supported Rhondda Cynon Taf Council in taking steps to naturalise one of the concrete channels which brings water down from the mountains at Cwmparc, in order to slow the flow of water, reduce flood risk and improve wildlife habitats. If successful, the measures introduced in this … Continue reading Slowing the flow at Cwmparc »

Salix helps naturalise the chalk River Nar

Working with the Norfolk Rivers Trust and cbec, Salix has just completed a project to help to improve wildlife habitats on a section of the chalk River Nar in west Norfolk.

Improving wildlife habitats on the Royal chalk River Babingley

With the help of Salix, the Norfolk Rivers Trust is improving fish and other river wildlife habitats on the River Babingley near Flitcham, one of only two hundred chalk rivers left in the world.

Salix Rock Rolls Protect Titchwell Marsh

Titchwell Marshes Rock Rolls close up

As part of a series of measures to protect the freshwater habitats at Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve on the north Norfolk coast, Salix has supplied the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) 2,000 metres of Rock Rolls. Jim Scott, Site Manager for the RSPB’s North West Norfolk Reserves, explains: “Thankfully, as a result … Continue reading Salix Rock Rolls Protect Titchwell Marsh »

Sandwich Flood Alleviation Scheme

Rock mattress tie in detail at hydraulic jump zone with Vmax C350

The £21.7 million flood defence scheme involves works on 16 individual reaches of the River Stour and will reduce the risk of tidal flooding to 488 homes and 94 commercial properties in Sandwich. Client – Jackson Civil Engineering working on behalf of the Environment Agency. VMax C350 was the product required in order to prevent … Continue reading Sandwich Flood Alleviation Scheme »

Roadwater Erosion Protection

The River Washford runs through the village of Roadwater near Minehead, Somerset. The catchment creates a flashy river which floods parts of the village in large flood events. The increasing frequency of flood events required the existing system to be replaced and improved. The new bank protection provided a robust toe and a reinforced turf … Continue reading Roadwater Erosion Protection »

10th Anniversary River Dulais Project


Tenth Anniversary of Salix’s Project on The River Dulais, Rhosmaen, Llandeilo. Salix’s River Dulais project demonstrating the use of large woody debris (LWD) is now ten years old and we are delighted to announce that this ground breaking project has been included in the River Restoration Centre (RRC) Manual of Techniques. A comprehensive PDF can … Continue reading 10th Anniversary River Dulais Project »

Tough Test on The Teme

River Teme 4 machines placing fill

The River Teme is a sensitive SSSI and SAC river and over 150 metres of severe bank erosion was threatening a National Grid pipeline. Salix were the lead Design and Build Contractor offering a hybrid bank protection solution.  The toe of the eroded bank was stabilised with a graded riprap below average water level and … Continue reading Tough Test on The Teme »

Spillways Surge Ahead!

B5106 looking towards Llanrwst floods

Salix have extensive experience of spillway protection offering advice to engineers involved in this area of expertise. Our VMax range of Composite Turf Reinforcement Mats (CTRMs) including VMax C350, VMax P550 and ready grown turf Shear Stress Turf are products available exclusively from Salix as sole UK distributors. Approved by panel engineers working under the … Continue reading Spillways Surge Ahead! »

Rescuing the River Rhiw

Rescuing the River Rhiw

The River Rhiw, Mid Wales was the scene of some rapid intervention by Salix’s Specialist Contracting team lead by Technical Director,David Holland. Our client Wales and West Utilities were faced with a significant challenge in dealing with severe riverbank erosion caused by this powerful tributary of the River Severn. The reach downstream of Berriew is … Continue reading Rescuing the River Rhiw »

River Ecclesbourne


Client – Environment Agency Pilot scheme for catchment restoration of the River Ecclesbourne, that forms part of the Water Framework Directive aim to return rivers to good ecological status. The original back channel was restored and a weir removed. The mill race was re profiled and a two stage channel cut to maintain low flows … Continue reading River Ecclesbourne »