Longham Lakes

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Reservoir Shoreline One Year Later With Excellent Reed Growth

Working for Bournemouth & West Hants Water, Salix were appointed as Main Contractor to undertake 2km of bioengineering works to stabilise the shoreline of a new reservoir.

Longham Lakes Reservoir was created following sand and gravel abstraction. The restoration plan required that the shoreline of the new reservoir be stabilised with bioengineering techniques to create a reed fringe around the shoreline.

Salix were appointed as the Main Contractor to undertake this project, working directly for Bourne & West Hants Water.

Existing reedbed areas were mechanically translocated, relocating the reed turfs from the bed of the reservoir to the new margins.

A line of Rock Rolls were installed on the windward side of the reservoir shoreline to protect the plants and Coir Rolls from the constant wave action.

Mature pre-established coir rolls were used to establish a diverse range of species in sheltered areas, with Common Reed (Phragmites australis) used on the more exposed shores.


Name: Longham Lakes
Client: Bournemouth & West Hants Water
Location: Nr Bournemouth
Category: Reedbeds & Wetlands, Reservoirs, Lakes & Shorelines

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