Update on The Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge
We've been continuing to work hard on the Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge, with the goal of bringing the stream up to a good standard of water quality and make it a thriving, clean stream to be proud of. The Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are so desperately needed to stop some of the terrible pollution blighting the Salmons Brook, although it is a long term process, but the project is progressing well.
Aquatic invertebrate surveys.
The first aquatic invertebrate survey sadly, found very few species of water creatures, and those that they did find were able to tolerate high levels of pollution. We didn't find any species that only live in clean water, such as mayfly nymphs or caddis fly larvae. The worst site was the upstream site at the Lonsdale Drive stream, where only 2 different species were found – hog lice and midge larvae, and many of the hog lice were actually dead. This is very nearly a lifeless stream.
Hog Louse Midge Larvae
A recent Ecology Report concluded that the SuDs project would enhance the sites for wildlife by improving water quality, providing new ponds and seasonally wet areas, and opening up the woodland canopy to allow more sunlight through for ground plants to flourish. The following is recommended:
1. Design ponds, scrapes and wetlands to maximise their value for wildlife - plan a variety of depths, and a shallow uneven edge, and complex of small ponds/wetlands is better than one large pond/wetland.
2. Leave the wetlands to colonise naturally where possible, or ensure that plants are of native UK provenance.
3. Where the stream is re-profiled scallop the edge to provide a better wildlife rich area.
4. Consider coppicing trees around the edge of the new wetland areas (for the Spinney).
Because The Spinney is designated as a flood storage area, the Environment Agency (EA) must ensure that there will be no risk of flooding and the flood storage area will function properly. Then the designs will be signed off by the EA and the Council.
At Lonsdale Drive we have listened to concerns and the paths, benches and play features at Lonsdale Drive/Boxers Lake have been removed as a result. Informal routes will be created around the wetlands to allow for maintenance access, so anyone who wants to will be able to use these paths to get close to the new wetlands, but the natural feel of the woodland will remain.
Please do get in touch and let us know what you think of the updated designs. You can email, call or write to me on the details below. There will also be a chance to chat with us on the following evenings:
Monday 8th July – 5.30-7pm: Find us in the wooded area by the stream on Lonsdale Drive North
Wednesday 10th July – 6-7pm: Find us next to the Houndsden Stream in the Spinney on Houndsden Rd
You can find more information about the project on our website http://www.thames21.org.uk/salmons-brook/
Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge Project Manager
Thames21 - bringing London's waterways to life
The Lock Office
Bromley by Bow
M: 07554 402727
T: 0207 0936 382
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We've been continuing to work hard on the Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge, with the goal of bringing the stream up to a good standard of water quality and make it a thriving, clean stream to be proud of. The Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are so desperately needed to stop some of the terrible pollution blighting the Salmons Brook, although it is a long term process, but the project is progressing.