Well done for finding no.3 on the Hill End habitats trail!
The streams of Hill End are managed to increase the wildlife carrying capacity of the site. Regular excavations are undertaken to maintain open water whilst some areas are allowed to silt and vegetate over.
See the meanders and Ox-bow lakes.
You now know more about how we manage streams on our site. If you want to find out even more, try these websites and links:
- Streams as a habitat: https://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/habitats/stream/
- Freshwater creatures: https://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/pond-clinic/identifying-creatures-pond/
- UK freshwater streams, why they’re important and their threats: https://www.wwf.org.uk/where-we-work/places/uk-rivers-and-chalk-streams
- A history of freshwater features in the UK: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/habitats/freshwater
- Factors affecting life in freshwater: https://www.lifeinfreshwater.org.uk/Web%20pages/Rivers/Abiota%20Rivers.htm
- Microscopic life in freshwater: https://youtu.be/5g9Q7M7k6Ag