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We conducted an integrated

geomorphological analysis and

ecological interpretation of

physical impacts on the river.

This involved auditing and

surveying the full 130km.

The ecological survey recorded

habitats adjacent to both

banks of the river following

the standard Phase 1 Habitat

Survey methodology.

Aquatic macrophyte surveys

were conducted along the

full length of the river, with

detailed spot check surveys

undertaken every 500m,

where access allowed.

At each spot check site we

recorded the species present

within the river and sections

of bank likely to be

frequently inundated.

Any other features of note

were also recorded such

as evidence of siltation, cattle

poaching, fording, bankside

modification or pollution.

Photographic records were

compiled with photographs

taken up and downstream and

across the channel. During

the walkover survey we also

recorded any evidence of

protected or notable species,

in particular Otter and Badger.

Any evidence of non-native

invasive plant species was

highlighted and Himalayan

Balsam was found to be a

particularly severe problem

from the middle reaches to the

confluence with the Severn.

This led to a comprehensive

map of non-native, invasive

species being compiled for the

whole river.


Development of a river

restoration plan which lays

out a number of restoration

options for the River Teme will

be implemented over the next

50 years working with local

river owners and managers.

The river restoration plan

builds on an understanding of

the morphology and ecology

of the river and its floodplain.

This relationship forms

with the processes controlling

sediment and gravel

redistribution along

the system.

Also taking into consideration

existing constraints and

land uses along the river

the pan considers site based

actions and implementation.

Identification of key pressures

along the River Teme include:

• Bed erosion, incision and

floodplain disconnection

• Bank instability

• Embankments

• Lack of trees and woodland

• Poor floodplain


• Invasive species

• Channel training and bank


• Channel realignment.

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Kieran Sheehan

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Natural England


River Teme,



Feasibility Stage,


The next steps

1. Results were used

to generate an outline

restoration plan for

the river on a reachby-reach


2. Likely delivery

mechanisms were

identified for different

aspects of restoration

and provided

approximate costings.

3. We assisted Natural

England and partners

in a stakeholder

consultation exercise.

4. A final restoration

plan, incorporating

the results of the

consultation exercise,

was produced.


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