Hereford & Worcester

Bow Brook work at Drakes Broughton to boost fish levels

Bow Brook bank re-profiling
Image caption The work has cost 15,000 and aims to boost the number of fish in Bow Brook

Work costing £15,000 has been carried out to boost the number of fish in a brook found to have sub-standard quality water levels.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust has been working along Bow Brook from Redditch to Defford.

The trust said previous dredging of the brook had led to a silt bed, which smothered plant life and reduced fish numbers.

A fish refuge pool has been created at Drakes Broughton.

The trust received £15,000 from the Environment Agency for the work to be carried out, which is expected to finish next week.

Peter Case, wetlands officer for the trust, said: "Although it's understandable that landowners have needed to drain water from their land to make it more usable or productive, it's had a devastating long-term impact on the quality of the water.

"The brook failed [European] targets for water quality - there was a lack of fish and bottom-rooting plants and high levels of phosphates."

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