This summer – adding to the bank protection, tree planting and drainage work carried out as part of the Upper Avon Enhancement project – 2km of stock fencing was erected along the left bank. This will protect riverbank vegetation from overgrazing and reduce the risk of livestock poaching. By protecting the trees planted earlier in the year and allowing for regeneration, this new fence will improve the structure of the riparian plant community – protecting banks from erosion and increasing insect life.
While grazers play an important role in the environment – creating bare areas where tree seeds can germinate and maintaining meadows – large numbers of grazing livestock can be devasting to riverbanks. This new stock fence on the upper Avon will prevent livestock from accessing the riverbank while continuing to allow Roe deer, present in small numbers here, to play their part.