River Stour

The River Brett is a tributary of the River Stour and in September 2014 part of the river was restored in 2 sites, Shelley and Layham with a total of 1km being restored.

This project involved re-profiling the banks (which has been historically over-widened and over deepened), creating gravel riffles, deepening pools, creating berms and installing log flow deflectors.

The project was designed by the Environment Agency Fisheries, Biodiversity and Geomorphology specialists and installed by the Environment Agency Field Teams. Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project Officers managed the project, ensuring relevant permissions and landowner agreements were in place.

This project cost a total of £12,000.


River Stour

WFD water body status


WFD overall status objective

To achieve Good Ecological status by 2027

Project type

Habitat creation

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Creation of more nature banks and natural features within the channel will create more habitats for a variety of species, increasing biodiversity.

Total area covered by project


Project lead

Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project

Contact for more information

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Project partners

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