Major work to help the restoration of the riverside meadows is planned to start in the next few weeks at The Wildlife Trust in Northamptonshire's Nature Reserve, Tailby Meadows. About 97% of this type of species rich grassland has been lost over the last 100 years and it is very important both for the county and nationally that what remains is properly managed.
Over the last couple of years other infrastructure work has been funded at Tailby Meadows from several sources and now it is planned to reinstate the old meanders so the river will return to its original course. This will help raise the water table and thus return suitable conditions to the meadows.
This work is being funded by the Revital-ISE project and the design has been drawn up by the River Restoration Centre. The River Ise will be returned to a more natural state along the meanders with pools, riffles and variable depths. This will provide a wide range of habitat niches missing from the existing straight course.
Once this work has been completed, access will also be improved with a new boardwalk built over a very wet section of the meadow, thus allowing access down to the footbridge even at the wettest times of the year. The old river course will become a wetland habitat which will be a wildlife haven and only flowing in times of flood.
Any organisations or groups who have projects within the Ise Valley which they think could link with Revital-ISE project please contact the Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01604-237243.
Dr Robin Field, Revital-ISE Project Manager, River Nene Regional Park
Tel: 01604 237243
Ms Jane Pearman, Reserves Manager, The Wildlife Trust for Northamptonshire,
Tel: 01604 405285
The Revital-ISE project provides an outstanding opportunity for partnership working between landowners, land managers, local authorities, Government Agencies, environmental groups, and local communities to re-establish a high quality environment throughout the Ise Valley that meets the needs of a 21st century community. The Revital-ISE Project Manager post is part funded for three years by the Environment Agency and hosted by the River Nene Regional Park.
The River Nene Regional Park (RNRP)
RNRP is a Community Investment Company that is hosted by Northamptonshire County Council and can hold assets and land on behalf of the community. It is an independent organisation that was constituted under the framework of the Treasury's Green Book and is recognised as a Treasury model for the environment in relation to sustainable growth area funding delivery.
"By 2016 the RNRP partnership will be an independent, inclusive, reciprocal and beneficial partnership of public, private and third sector members. It will be nationally and internationally recognised as the centre of excellence for the piloting, co-ordination and delivery of regional sustainable development, addressing strategic issues such as Climate Change, the enhancement of local biodiversity and the innovative development of the environment as an asset for social development, education, leisure & recreation, heritage and cultural activity, and as a primary vehicle of economic regeneration."
The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough. Bringing people together to take action for wildlife is the Trust's mission. We manage 126 nature reserves - all of them free to visit and 95% of the population live within five miles of one of our reserves. We are working to make these wildlife havens bigger, better and more joined-up vital to help wildlife to adapt to a changing climate. By gathering valuable information about wildlife and working with other landowners the Trust also monitors and safeguards wildlife beyond the boundary of its reserves. www.wildlifebcnp.org