Dunston beck was a small pilot project that the Lincolnshire Rivers Trust completed on a short section of the Dunston Beck downstream of Dunston village. Dunston Beck has been historically straightened, deepened and widened for the purposes of land drainage and flood protection, these activities have removed many of the natural features. The work involved improving the river habitat by creating berms with brushwood, creating pools by installing log deflectors and managing trees.
Ecological surveys completed before and after the restoration works have shown that that invertebrate diversity has increased since the improvement works and the trout population has doubled on the improved section of the beck. Engagement and involvement of the landowner has ensured that the improvements will be protected during any future maintenance works.
Since the initial habitat improvement works were carried out , local people have begun their own monitoring of the becks and a small fishing club has been established. We haveworked with Dunston primary school, providing equipment to enable pupils to sample and investigate the invertebrate life within Dunston Beck.
The success of this project has inspired the us to develop this project further and bid for funding to improve other sections of Dunston Beck and other limestone becks found in Lincolnshire. For more information for the Lincolnshire Limestone Becks project please click on the project link.
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