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River Avon set for reintroduction of habitats and flow
03 September 2013

Slamannan Angling and Protective Association is set to benefit from a £21,910 grant from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.

The River Avon Habitat Improvement project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Rebuilding Biodiversity theme, will incorporate biodiversity renovation work on the River Avon to restore habitats destroyed by the work carried out in the 1970’s which straightened the water course and almost destroyed the habitat.

The project will reintroduce flow to the river by providing randomly placed boulders on the riverbed. This will encourage movement and flow in the currently becalmed canal-like sections. Additional boulders will also be placed in the river as habitat features. In addition, a proportion of the grant will be used to provide fencing to deter cattle accessing river water and damaging the riparian habitat. The project was also match funded by Falkirk Environment Trust.

Alex Miller, Angler and local resident, said:

“I think the habitat work on the River Avon will make it a very useful and added asset to the community as well as improving the wildlife in and around the Avon.”

Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:

This project will have a lasting legacy, for the habitats it will create. Biffa Award is proud to support projects that address the need to protect and restore our local natural habitats.”