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Site 2 Riverbank Protection Underway

Riverbank protection underway at 2nd site

Since the near completion of Site 1 of the River Breamish Riverbank Protection scheme, work is now focusing on the Site 2 (between Site 1 and the Brandon footbridge).

A team from River Tweed Commission have been electro-fishing (or ‘electric fishing’) in front of Site 2 to catch and remove fish. For their protection, they are then replaced in the river downstream and prevented from returning to the work site by simple hay bale ‘fish barriers’.

Protecting fish stocks with hay bales
Protecting fish stocks with hay bales

This then allowed the contractors to move in with the heavy machinery to install root wads.

Root wads stabilised with boulder material
Root wads stabilised with boulder material

A number of vertical posts have also now been sunk into the riverbed.

Root wads (and vertical posts
Root wads (left) and vertical posts (right)

As with Site 1, cobble material is being tipped over the root wads and boulders to fill any voids and to provide additional stability.

Tipping cobble material over root wads
Tipping cobble material over root wads

The cobble material is being gathered from the riverbed slightly upstream, thereby reducing transport costs and making use of local materials.

Extracting cobble material
Extracting cobble material
View towards East Hill
View towards East Hill

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