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WEG proposal – Wylye Improvement Project - WIP 2018-2021, designated habitat / value appr £125K Salisbury & District Angling Club propose to undertake a project to improve the morphology and habitat of the river Wylye d/s of the Till confluence over a length of 900 meters. Improvement work is proposed for the S&DAC beats as well as downstream reach 1, fished and managed by the Wilton Fly Fishing Club. The work aims to retain and/or improve the WFD status of the Middle Wylye and Lower Wylye water bodies which are failing or have been failing for phosphate, fish and macrophytes in the past. Furthermore, the Lower Wylye unit of the River Avon SSSI is in unfavourable conditions (no change) with a number of reasons for adverse condition including water quantity and quality topics. The proposed interventions include introduction of number of wood features along the length of the project, creation of gravel berms in the top section to increase current velocity variation, as well as provide additional high quality habitat for invertebrates and fish. Bed raising using externally sourced gravel is proposed for the mid-section, which is overwide and over deep at the moment due to historic dredging and the presence of water management structures. In 2018, additional surveys and studies will be carried out, and following approval of all partners and statutory bodies on the final design, work on the ground will commence in 2019. S&DAC and the Wilton club will work together with local NGO’s (WWT, WTT, WCSRT) to make the project delivery ready, part of the work will be undertaken by specialist contractors as well as by S&DAC itself.

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