New lease of life for the river at Catcliffe

Monday 25th July 2016

River Rother, Catcliffe. Photo credit: N PaulinRiver Rother, Catcliffe. Photo credit: N Paulin

The River Rother at Catcliffe (and many other places) has been ‘messed with’ for hundreds of years – its course has altered many times and it has been artificially straightened for navigational purposes. The stretch through Catcliffe upstream of Treeton Lane is very straight, heavily silted and devoid of river life. A new scheme will bring a more naturalistic feel back to the river.

Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency are planning on constructing a series of berms (banks extending into the river) to promote a more natural, variable flow. In time this flow will create new micro-habitats within the river, benefiting fish and invertebrates in particular. A backwater (pond connected to the river) will also be created.

‘This scheme has been a long time in the making’ said Roy Mosley the Trust’s Head of Conservation, ‘and while the benefits for wildlife are obvious it’s been important that we demonstrate it won’t increase flood risk as we know this area is susceptible to flooding.’ Extensive flood modelling has been carried out with the expectation being that the scheme will provide a modest flood benefit.

Works will take place in August/September over a three week period, river levels permitting.

View an image of the river restoration scheme at Catcliffe (berm locations are indicative only) below.

You can also download our latest Q and As about the scheme.


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