River Test – Bossington Test reborn, Feature 13

Native planting of margins and in-stream macrophytes

The finishing touches to this project involve the re-planting of marginal plugs (12 native species in total  including Filipendula, Juncus, Lythrum, Carex (incl C.paniculata), Veronica, Lycopus, Deschampsia, Mentha, Myosotis, Phalaris, Iris, et al). 3,000 plugs have already been delivered to site and all plantings into the new, low-lying gravel bank margins, will have been completed by end of March 2018. Root stock and seed bank from other species in the upstream catchment will also be translocated to the site to self-colonise during high winter flows. A comprehensive planting of chalk stream-defining Macrophytes Watercrowfoot (Ranunculus spp) Water Parsnip (Berula spp) and Starwort (Callitriche spp) will also be undertaken during early spring. Other native species associated with fast-flowing calcareous waters are also expected to self-proliferate from the upstream catchment. Macrophytes and their invertebrate communities will be one of the key discussions at the autumn anniversary site meeting.

Please use the following links below to discover more about the Bossington Test reborn project.

  1. ‘House beat’ – R/H branch (Bossington mill race d/s to Wallop brook confluence)
  2. ‘House beat’ L/H branch – (Upper reach to top boundary)
  3. Gravel extraction site
  4. ‘House beat’ L/H branch (bottom reach to confluence)
  5. Pipe bridge crossing – Upper ‘House Beat’
  6. ‘House beat’ Central
  7. ‘Home beat’ U/S Weir pool & Fishing hut
  8. Double ‘Home Beat’ weir structures
  9. ‘Home beat’ D/S Weir pool & Riffle
  10. Nursery side stream
  11. ‘Home beat’ to Bailey bridge
  12. Ecological monitoring
  13. Native planting of margins and in-stream macrophytes