Helping to boost fish numbers in the Slea

Improvement works along the River Slea.
Improvement works along the River Slea.

Steps are being taken to boost fish numbers in the River Slea in Sleaford after it was found to be poor in comparison to national standards.

The issue was identified by the Wild Trout Trust after it carried out a survey of the river last year on behalf of the Lincolnshire Rivers Trust.

The bodies are now working together to improve the Slea with support from the River Slea Cleanup and Sleaford In Bloom groups.

The first phase of work involved digging material from the channel and dumping it into the river to create a low-flow channel, meanders, and pooled areas to improve the overall water quality and habitat diversity.

The second phase, which has seen work take place this week, has seen volunteers join members of both the Lincolnshire Rivers and Wild Trout trusts install bundles of brushwood into the river to help protect the river banks from erosion by ducks and enhance the berms created by the ‘dig and dump’ works.

The steps will not just benefit fishes, but other aquatic life.

There will be a chance to help the trusts install bundles on Saturday.

Marie Taylor, project officer for the Lincolnshire Rivers Trust, said: “It is a great way to be involved with a community based project and improving your local river.”

Anyone interested in being a volunteer, and has a pair of wellies and gloves, is asked to email lincsrivers@gmail.com