World Wetlands Day 2022

2 February 2022

World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year on 2 February to raise awareness about wetlands. Wetlands Action for People and Nature is the theme in 2022 highlighting the importance of actions to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands for humans and planetary health. This theme gives the team at Cain Bio-Engineering a chance to showcase our projects and promote the environmental ethics we have practiced over the past 25 years.

Wetlands are vital ecosystems with intricate interconnections that are extremely important for aquatic and terrestrial species. Of course, water is the vital component of wetland habitat and can be defined as fresh water, brackish water, or salt water. Wetlands include habitats such as bogs, ditches, estuaries, fens, floodplains, lagoons, lakes, marshes, mires, mudflats, peatland, ponds, rivers, saltmarshes, streams, and swamps.

At Cain Bio-Engineering we work on all types of wetland habitat – from ponds to estuaries – to create, control, enhance, and restore these ecologically abundant and diverse habitats for fish, insects, plants, amphibians, invertebrates, reptiles, birds, and mammals (including people). By restoring wetlands we help to restore biodiversity – it’s what our business is engineered to do!

Please take a look at just some of our projects, listed below, which showcase our work. If you need any further information, do not hesitate to ask. Contact:

  • River Kennet – increase floodplain connectivity, fish passage, and enhance riparian habitats: the enhancement of the main River Kennet channel at Eddington Mill enabled increased flow diversity, habitat diversity, floodplain connectivity, enhanced riparian habitats and backwater habitats, and the creation of a bypass channel for fish passage. Additionally, the project included excavation of a new pond and marginal area.
  • Langford Lakes Nature Reserve –  Wetland Enhancement Project: The aim of The Wetland Enhancement Project was to create additional wetland habitat to benefit wading birds of conservation concern and to enrich the wildlife interest for the numerous visitors to Langford Lakes.
  • Lambourn Aylott Hatches – Fish Pass: This project improved fish passage on the River Lambourn and provided habitat benefits including the creation of an area of wet woodland, an online backwater and an offline pond.
  • River Lambourn – habitat enhancement: This project reflected the riparian owner’s interest in improving the River Lambourn at East Shefford Mill leat, and provided a significant opportunity for improved fish passage, habitat restoration and aesthetic enhancements of the watercourses.
  • River Axe – woody debris stabilisation: This project on the upper sections of the River Axe was designed to address catchment wide erosion and sedimentation issues that had serious implications for the SAC and SSSI designated reaches downstream. The large scale woody debris techniques used here have not only reduced erosion and sediment loading, but also improved flow diversity, habitat diversity, fish cover, and floodplain connectivity.

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Please email if you would like more information about our services, or to find out how we can help you.

NB: (On 30 August 2021 the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 75/317 that established 2 February as World Wetlands Day.)