This project was Norfolk Rivers Trust’s first river restoration and all collaboration with partners and contractors went extremely efficiently. The project areas are the subject of ongoing monitoring for fish density(EA), plant diversity and abundance (Dr Nigel Holmes) and water voles ( Naturi Consulting).
Using earth moving equipment, 42 riffle/pool sequences were created in the two otherwise uniform sections of channel. This was achieved by resculpting existing material in the river bed. This was cheap and quick, as well as avoiding damaging the archaeological remains of a raised watermeadow.
Both sites have free public access that includes the Nar Valley Long Distance Path. This means that the maximum number of local people and holidaymakers can enjoy the wildlife in this very rich middle section of the Nar SSSI. The members of the Castle Acre fishing syndicate have reported a significant population of wild trout using the newly created habitat, that has greatly enhanced their recreational enjoyment. The subscriptions that the syndicate pays to the landowner help give value to the wildlife, creating economic benefit. The project has also helped galvanise landowners of other reaches to cooperate with the Nar Steering group to participate in further restoration work.