Moat Brook set to be revived

Released on 25 September 2019

South Staffordshire council news

Further river restoration work is set to be carried out over the next couple of weeks to help improve the habitat of Moat Brook, which flows around the north side of Codsall and Bilbrook in South Staffordshire and is a tributary of the River Penk.

The work will be funded by Keep Britain Tidy and its WatersideCare project, which helps community groups care for their local rivers, brooks and canals, and it will be delivered in partnership with South Staffordshire Council, Staffordshire Trent Valley Catchment Partnership which is coordinated by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, and the Friends of Bilbrook.

In this joined-up approach to caring for the environment, conservation experts from the Council, the Wildlife Trust and Keep Britain Tidy will be working with local volunteers to improve the poor river conditions and thin some of the woodland adjacent to the brook to allow more light to reach the water in carefully selected areas.

“Tall, densely packed Alder trees are abundant along Moat Brook where they block any chance of light falling on the water in many places," explains Ryan Taylor from the Street Scene team at South Staffordshire Council. “Unfortunately, this has led to very dark conditions and compaction of the river bed. Brooks like this need areas of shade as well as light so that wildlife can thrive and cutting back some of the trees will allow more light to reach the brook."

“Although it feels intuitively wrong to fell trees, sometimes it makes sense to remove a few mature trees as well as plant new ones to create the right conditions," explains Keri Lloyd from Friends of Bilbrook, a non-profit making community group that aims to improve the environment and improve open spaces.  

“Sometimes nature needs a helping hand and although there are some areas of natural dappled light along the water, it's necessary to remove or prune a few selected trees to help open up views of the water and create more biodiversity, which needs space to flourish. Our volunteers are delighted to be involved in this project and it complements our work which has involved planting hundreds of young trees to create the nearby Jubilee Wood in Bilbrook."

“This valuable work will only help improve the environmental quality of Moat Brook and it builds on the successful restoration work that took place on the site back in 2016," said Robert Martyr, Habitat Development Manager at Keep Britain Tidy. “The dark conditions at present at Moat Brook mean that wildlife can't thrive in the river and there is a need to improve the habitats and create the right conditions for wildlife."

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For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Council Offices,
Wolverhampton Road,
South Staffordshire,

Tel: 01902 696000

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