TVWLP carried out projects aiming to restore built heritage structures, re-naturalise sections of the River Tame, and focus on wetland habitat creation and restoration on the floodplain. These projects will help to restore the landscape and re-connect the river with its floodplain, helping to reduce flood risk, improve water quality and increase biodiversity.
Read more about some of these projects below.
Drayton Turret Footbridge Restoration
As part of the Tame Valley Wetlands Scheme, the Canal and Rivers Trust have restored one of the most unusual and well-recognised canal bridges across the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal.
The project included stripping off all the old paint and loose mortar and giving the bridge a fresh coat of breathable white paint. The timber deck on the footbridge has been replaced and the metalwork stripped and repainted. The towpath around the bridge has also been improved to make access to the bridge much easier.
You can read more about the project here.
two projects focusing on restoring built heritage structures along the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal (A1 and A2), three focusing on re-naturalising sections of the canalised River Tame (A3, A5, A9) and four focusing on wetland habitat creation and restoration on the floodplain (A4, A6, A7, A8).
Wildling the Tame
We have restored and re-naturalised a 520m length of the River Tame at Kingsbury, shallowed the edge of a lake (Hemlingford Water) to create a new reedbed and created better access to both banks of the river for both people and wildlife.
This will benefit the environment by encouraging natural river processes and improving river habitats, working towards Water Framework Directive (WFD) targets.
It will also reconnect the river to its floodplain, slow flow and reducing flood risk downstream, and remove old dredging mounds so people can see and access the river banks more safely.
The new reedbed will protect the lake banks from erosion, provide important wildlife habitat and benefit water quality.
Finally, the project will improve access for all, including the creation of a new circular walk along the banks of the River Tame.
With funding from our National Heritage Lottery Funding (NHLF) Landscape Partnership, our Fantastic Fritillaries project involves using traditional land management methods to restore the wildflower meadow, reinstate grazing management and ensure the fritillary population thrives.
Work including annual mowing of vegetation and livestock grazing will help the fritillaries compete against taller vegetation growing in the meadow, making sure they continue to grow well.
Taming the Tame
The project aimed to complete river restoration aspirations at Tameside Local Nature Reserve in Tamworth. This follows the original project started in 2009 by the EA, Tamworth BC and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust which pulled back and reprofiled banks, created 10 scrapes and small ponds as well as creating a fish refuge linkage into smiley face pool.
In 2013 a fish pass was installed on Ladybridge weir just a short distance downstream which will allow fish to migrate up the Tame. The importance of fish refuge and spawning grounds is increasingly important to ensure the sustainability of fish populations in the River and to contribute to improvements in WFD status.
The second phase of delivery, which was carried out by Tame Valley Wetlands, was to create a linked backwater channel on the right bank of the reserve. This channel will create additional and important habitat for fish and fry while also being profiled in such a way to be attractive to any remnant water vole population that exists or which may be re- introduced in the future. The island created from the work will be an important refuge for ground nesting birds and my even offer shelter for otters that frequently use the river.