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The lower reaches of the Rede are in generally better condition, but flashy run-off down gullies from the surrounding moors brings soil to the River, impacting on fish spawning habitat.
At Woodburn Hill Farm, East Woodburn, the contractor pushed conifer brash bundles into eroding gullies to reduce the loss of soil to the streams and river. Low flows can trickle through, but the higher flows are slowed while sediment is captured in the brash and bank vegetation. They also built high flow deflectors made of Larch logs to push water across the surrounding land, instead of it all flowing down the gullies, and dug ponds to catch sediment.