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Wildlife rejuvenated after £10,000 project to improve portion of River Stour in Sudbury

A stretch of river in Sudbury – and the wildlife within it – has been reinvigorated following a year-long project to improve the area.

Work has been completed on a portion of the River Stour off Friars Meadow, funded with almost £10,000 from fishing licence money.

Carried out as a collaboration between the Environment Agency, Sudbury and Long Melford Angling Club and Sudbury Commons Land Group, the project was focused around helping to increase the river’s fish population.

River Stour in Sudbury. (26265739)
River Stour in Sudbury. (26265739)

Ben Norrington, the Environment Agency’s fisheries officer for East Anglia, said: “We are really pleased with how this partnership project has gone.

“The river has been regenerated to encourage better habitat and to also create recreational fishing opportunities.

“This section of river has been historically fished by various angling clubs for more than 50 years and will, hopefully, be an asset that can be fished again.”

Prior to the work being undertaken, anglers were unable to fish along this part of the river because of factors such as the build-up of silt.

These issues were addressed through a large-scale removal of silt and vegetation, repairs to the bridge, tree surgery and introducing spawning areas.

The agency says these improvements should also enhance the water quality and encourage fish to spawn.

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