River Stour

This project restored a section of Belchamp Brook which is a tributary of the River Stour.

The Scheme was designed by Dr. Nigel Holmes of the River Restortion Centre and involved reprofiling the channel and banks, installing vegetated and gravel berms, installing fencing to limit cattle access to the channel and reduce erosion, removal of spoil banks that had accumulated over time through dredging, reconnecting the brook to its natural flood plain and the creation of pools and riffles.


River Stour

WFD water body status


WFD overall status objective

To achieve Good Ecological Status by 2027

Project type

Habitat creation & water quality

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Reprofiling the channel and banks, installing berms and creating pools and riffles has resulted in various habitat establishing and helping to increase biodiversity. Deducing the erosion of the banks will improve water quality.

Project lead

Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project.

Contact for more information

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Project partners

Environment Agency

Funding source

Environment Agency

Project end


Website key stakeholders:

Environment Agency logo      Essex Wildlife Trust logo           ESWT Logo 70

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting based on an original concept by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust