VOLUNTEERS have carried out work designed to increase the number of wild trout in Watlington’s stream.
Members of the Watlington Environment Group worked with Andy Sutton, of the Wild Trout Trust, representatives of the Environment Agency and the River Thame Catchment Project.
AÂ 50m section of a previously featureless channel below the roundabout in Cuxham Road has been altered to diversify the habitat.
The volunteers also created a pool and a gravel bed suitable for trout to spawn in and two narrower, faster sections with cover from predators.
The latter were created by staking and lashing tightly woven stacks of brushwood from the bank out towards the middle of the channel.
The brushwood was cut from surrounding trees to let light into the brook, which should encourage a wider range of plants to colonise the banks and streambed.
This section of the water will now be monitored to see how fish and other wildlife make use of the new habitat.