Author Archives: Liz Peck

Wildflowers, pollinators and birds to benefit from work to improve river habitats in Milton

The River Trent is the third longest river in England, flowing for 185 miles. It starts its epic journey as a natural spring high up on Biddulph Moor, north of Stoke-on-Trent. As it travels through the city it is still in its infancy, and just a few feet wide in places. Nowhere is this more…

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Weirs on our watercourses – a barrier to wildlife

SUNRISE Project Manager Richard Guy explains why weirs pose a problem for wildlife and disrupt the natural processes of a river. The SUNRISE project is centred on connecting and improving natural habitats. Sometimes connection is achieved simply by removing a barrier, and when the habitat in question is a river, the most common barriers are…

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River restoration at university expands wildlife corridor through heart of Stoke-on-Trent

A 450-metre stretch of the River Trent through Staffordshire University has been re-naturalised – providing another link in the chain for a joined-up wildlife corridor though the heart of Stoke-on-Trent. A straight section of the river at the university’s Leek Road campus has been transformed so it naturally meanders through the site, offering a diverse…

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Historic moment as River Trent changes course at former Stoke City FC ground

History has been made following the completion of a huge new river channel that has changed the course of the River Trent through inner city Stoke-on-Trent. County nature conservation charity Staffordshire Wildlife Trust led the construction of the new route, which involved the excavating 40,000 tonnes of earth to create a gently meandering course which…

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Conservation project at university will breathe new life into river

Work is beginning on an ambitious project to bring nature back to a stretch of river running through Staffordshire University’s campus in Stoke-on-Trent. A 400m section of the River Trent, which currently flows through an artificially-engineered straight channel in the nature reserve area of the campus, will be able to follow a more natural path…

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Residents invited to find out more about project to restore precious wetland habitat

Pool Dam residents are invited to learn more about plans to revitalise a wetland nature reserve that is at risk of drying out. Conservationists wish to carry out work at Pool Dam Marsh Local Nature Reserve, to restore the unique habitat and create homes for a greater variety of wetland wildlife. The proposals, which are…

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