Wildlife habitats restored at River Loxley in Sheffield

Work at River Loxley Debris and silt have been removed from the River Loxley to reduce the flood risk

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New wildlife could be attracted to the River Loxley in Sheffield thanks to a £4m programme to help prevent flooding.

The Environment Agency has finished the first stage of work to restore wildlife habitats in the river at Malin Bridge.

Thousands of tonnes of debris and silt have been cleared from the river since floods hit the area in 2007.

The Environment Agency said it hoped the improved conditions in the river would attract new wildlife while reducing the risk of flooding.

Brown trout

Technical specialist Jonathan Moxon said hopes were high that the work would attract more fish to breed in the Loxley.

"Channels and pools were constructed using existing channel material to provide areas for fish, such as brown trout, to shelter, feed and spawn," he said.

One hundred large sandstone boulders, each weighing around two tonnes, have been placed in the river's channel.

Large trees, vegetation, earth and gravel have also been removed from the riverbed where the Loxley and Rivelin rivers meet.

Plans are now underway to improve the route for fish past the three weirs at Malin Bridge.

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