Salix helps naturalise the chalk River Nar

River Nar March 30th 2015 002

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 at Pentney, near Kings Lynn in west Norfolk.

The whole river is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and in recent years, the management of the River Nar has been subject to extensive investigation and consultation.

Salix has re-graded the river’s channel in a 440-metre section using gravel, excavated several pools, re-profiled the banks and introduced large wood features to create more variance in the river’s profile, improving the hydraulic variability and consequently the range of habitat.

Emily Long, of the Norfolk Rivers Trust, says:

“Chalk-streams are globally rare river systems and the River Nar is arguably Norfolk’s most unspoilt and beautiful chalk river.

“These works are part of a plan designed to help us preserve and enhance its rich and diverse ecology, to achieve what is termed “Good Ecological Status or Potential” under the European Water Framework Directive.”

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We have been involved in a number of chalk stream restoration projects, including work with Norfolk Rivers Trust on the River Babingley.